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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 14th June-20th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy, Chocolate Fudge…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…15th June 2020…

Lots of good things this week from bamboo and all its uses, Trees, water, bees so much to be thankful for…

Bamboo although classed as invasive and banned in some parts of the world has many, many uses…the bamboo tips are so nice to eat and one of my favourite things are the lovely delicate bamboo whisks for your Matcha tea they are just so pretty.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/15/recycling-and-climate-change15th-june-2020/

Tuesday…National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month…

There is nothing like seeing lovely fresh vegetables on your plate…especially if they are all different colours…last night we had fresh corn taken from the cob, sweet potatoes and lovely chinese kale with beautiful yellow flowers and of course one of Lils favourite vegetables brocolli.

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Just love those yellow flowered kale like greens…There will be lots more lovely vegetable recipes this month so make sure you don’t miss any…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/16/national-fresh-vegetable-day/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

The day I indulge myself in whimsy and there were lots of lovely things going onn a round world…I hope when you read it you will forget what else is going on…There are recipes and achievements, beautiful singing..lots…Young Pete Springerwhen he saw I had added a clip of Led Zeppelin sent me another link to a concert at The Kennedy Centre which was in honour of Led Zepplin.

Thank you, Pete it is a beautiful tribute…I loved it!

Thursday…Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

It was time to head over to Smorgasbord for Sally’s Health Column…This week my favourite nut was featured…The Walnut lots O f information on the health benefits of walnuts and some recipes using walnuts of course from me…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-walnuts-not-just-any-nut-by-sally-cronin/

Friday Kitchen…everything made from scratch…

It was also National Dry Martini Day so I talked a little about Martini and James Bond…I wonder who the new Bond Will be…??

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/19/friday-kitchen-everything-made-from-scratch/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

What did I have you on Saturday? A beautiful wedding which made me reach for the tissues…Raindrop Cake? A cake which has no calories…True…A bit about vegan cheese, Vegetables, some health tips from Sally and a few more little gems or not in the case of dead man’s fingers…..

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Scared? Its not quite as it seems….hehe

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/20/saturday-snippets-4/

Before I go I would love to share Sally from Smorgasbord Weekly Roundup it is full of lots of book reviews, music, funnies, recipes and so much more…Do pop over and have a look she will make you most welcome…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-14th-20th-june-2020-outsmarting-the-crows-d-g-kaye-and-relationships-usa-1985-books-authors-music-and-funnies/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 7th June-13th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Coconut Ice(again)…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

 

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…8th June 2020

Mutant Bacterial Enzymes, floating offshore wind platforms so many inventive solutions to the world’s climate and recycling problems…young people taking a stand in good ways…that gives us hope…for me it is the using of bamboo and banana leaves..utilising what nature gives us…simple but effective…Beautiful bamboo tableware and packaging…

Enjoy the read…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/08/recycling-and-climate-change8th-june-2020/

Tuesday: National Donald Duck Day and National Rhubarb Day…

National Donald Duck Day today as well as being Strawberry and rhubarb pie day…

Who doesn’t love Donald Duck? Rhubarb and strawberries a match made in heaven…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/09/i-know-it-is-donald-duck-day-but/

Wednesday: A day for Whimsey and Honey…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-honey-propolis-thousands-of-years-of-history-and-health/

Whimsey this week meant Bluebell woods, trees and more trees, it meant recipes…Homemade Mustard…It meant Princetons first Black Valedictorian from the class of 2020 what took them so long was the question on some peoples lips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/10/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-33/

Enjoy the read…

Thursday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘K’ for Kale, Ketchup, Kippers and Kanom Moo Krob (Crispy Pork and Kale)

It is the day when Sally welcomes you to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and she said: “I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year”.

Kale...is a wonderful vegetable and one of my favourites with pork it is a delicious dish…Kippers, Ketchup, Kaffir Limes, Kielbassa, Kugel, Kidney Beans so much more than just kale to discover…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-k-for-k-for-kale-ketchup-kippers-and-kanom-moo-krob-crispy-pork-and-kale/

Friday: Project 101 – Resilience – Acidity/Alkalinity pH Balance for Health Part One and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin

Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with Covid- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-one-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

Saturday: Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/13/saturday-snippets-3/

Lastly… I just love roundups…Like many of you, I don’t always get the time to read every single post …This week I have been on to WP as I can’t like posts, I can’t always see all my comments it takes time to do that…intermittent faults I agree with Jim it either works or it doesn’t..who invented the sometimes?…,

I have been testing out recipes, cleaning, researching, shopping, writing, washing, writing, sleeping, trying to improve my photography skills, sorting out cupboards., reading, cooking with Lily…I think by now you get the gist…we all have busy lives and a roundup is just great for me…I also purchased another book…from a roundup..Silent Heroes which I am looking forward to reading.

This is Sally’s weekly roundup which is full of lots of books, reviews, recipes, health and music and laughter as we all agree here that laughter is the best medicine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-7th-13th-june-2020-free-book-marketing-abba-kippers-tomato-salad-and-a-feast-of-authors-books-and-laughter/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th April-2nd May 2020…Recipes, Mango Jam and so much more…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…Cooking has always been a passion but not like this…There are not really abnormal shortages of food here but I am not popping out every day or at will…Shopping is planned and the storecupboard and those tins/packets at the back of it are seeing the light of day…

Any shortages are because people can’t travel between provinces unless absolutely essential which means when I sent the betel nuts for mother in laws habit last week I saw many people packing mangoes and putting them in the post…Just as well we have excellent postal services always next day between provinces.

Our Thai family are keeping is well stocked as they drop boxes off when they come shopping last week it was mangos and bananas…bless them…Which meant yesterday and today I was in the kitchen pureeing and cooking mangoes and today will be the same…When I walk downstairs I am greeted with the smell of beautiful mangoes.

Which means the green tea has been shelved and it will be mango or banana smoothies for the foreseeable future…

mango-smoothie

Cheers!

Now to the business in hand…Last weeks posts…Grab your tipple of choice, settle down and enjoy the read…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…27th April 2020…and Covid-19…

I would love to say this is a COVID-19 free zone however it has crept into every aspect of our daily lives…it is also affecting climate change/recycling.

The world we live in has changed much in these first months of the year some things for the better and sadly we have lost many, many people to this terrible virus…Lots of shops and leisure facilities, hairdressing salons, schools, colleges have been closed…food stores have remained open but with restrictions in place..there are lots of rumblings of when are these restrictions going to be lifted…we are seeing a slight relaxing of restrictions from tomorrow but whatever is lifted I will be proceeding with caution…Will you?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/27/recycling-and-climate-change27th-april-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: Thailand…The Betel Nut and the Jujube Fruit…

Although banned the Betel nut market is very much alive and thriving…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/28/thailandthe-betel-nut-and-the-jujube-fruit/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘H’ is for Honey, Hamburgers, Hummus, Herbs, Haggis and Hoisin Sauce

Last week I was over @Sally’s with my A-Z of Food…A popular series which Sally is rerunning this year to allow me time to write and collate my cookbook…

Have you eaten a Hangtown Fry?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-h-is-for-honey-hamburgers-hummus-herbs-haggis-and-hoisin-sauce/

Also on Wednesday, I invite you to come and join me and my whimsy…

Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

Like most of you, I have been cooking even more and eating even more…This cocooning doesn’t help the snacking, does it?

I have also been cooking some foods, even more, it is always the yummy foods which are the fiddliest to prepare and give the washer up more to wash..You get more bowls, pans and the mess but the end result is some delicious bites…

man washing up

Photo credit: Nationaal Archief on Visualhunt.com / No known copyright restrictions

Battered and breaded food being one of them…also the quesadillas last night were delicious…but fiddly to make and cook…Give me one-pot cooking or a stir fry any day…well almost unless its fried chicken…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/29/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-5/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Watermelon – A quick way to hydrate by Sally Cronin

Watermelon the fruit which I acknowledge wholeheartedly is good for me and healthy…I just don’t love it! Although the lemonade recipe using watermelon on Sally’s post sounds quite delicious.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-watermelon-a-quick-way-to-hydrate/

Thursday was also National Raisin Day…

I love fruit bread, scones, bread pudding, bread and butter pudding and use raisins for all of those…why you put them in a curry I will never know…There is a place for everything and for everything a place…Not a curry…

Now cinnamon and raisin Bagels …Yummy there is definitely a call for those…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/30/carolcooks2-national-raisin-dayus/

Friday: CarolCooks2…National Egg Month…

An egg…Zero Carbs and no sugar… 

Who remembers this?

The poor old egg has been much maligned over the years much like fats, butter and many other foods…Yes, there is the case for free-range eggs and not battery farmed…All our chooks and Turkeys roam free…It was also vilified and we were told if you have high cholesterol keep off the eggs…Now we are told by the heart foundation that they might have got it wrong ..Hang on…A bit of extra reading…

eggs

I believe that anything is bad if eaten in excess however moderation is key…so unless you have a proven, medical diagnosis or an allergy an egg is ok eaten as part of a balanced diet. For those who can’t, I will be experimenting over the next few weeks with alternatives…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/01/carolcooks2-national-egg-month/

Saturday: Saturday Morning…In my kitchen…Mangoes…

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Mangoes

Lots of them…However the dried mango came out tasting just like the ones I brought…However, there is a nack to the rolling of them and I should have used a flat square tray not a round tray…Take two is today…My ones looked decidedly ragged for want of a better description but tasted ok…sigh…I love mango…I do love mango…but will be happy to see them gone for the moment until next time…Enjoy the recipes…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/02/saturday-morning-in-my-kitchen-mangoes/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx  

I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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 weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 29th March-4th April 2020…

Good morning …welcome to my weekly roundup… I do hope you are all keeping well and practising social distancing…I am…It is getting a bit unreal though…silence everywhere although the birds are still twittering and tweeting.

Much is closed now and a nightly curfew is in place as are roadblocks to prevent people from unnecessary travel between provinces…Hotels are closed to new guests, alcohol is prohibited in many provinces now to stop celebrations happening in villages and homes during Songkram (which) has been cancelled but there were fears people would buy alcohol and celebrate at home in groups. It is becoming very real and surreal but communities are coming together even more than normal which is lovely to see.

Enough chatter from me for the minute let’s have a look at this last week…Grab your favourite drink…at the moment as I have already drunk my Oolong tea it is water…It is so hot I need to keep hydrated…settle down in your comfy reading place and let’s have look…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…30th March 2020…A new world?

It certainly seems that that way where Mother Nature is concerned doesn’t it? I was reading yesterday close to where I lived in the U.K. that the deer are getting brave and emerging from the woods and sampling the goodies in the front gardens of the houses surrounding the forest much like the goats in Wales and the fish which are appearing everywhere…Mother Nature is reclaiming…I do hope that lessons are learnt from this tragedy as to how we go forward and adopt new ways of doing things…Of course, we cannot go back we cannot stop technology and advancements but we can work in different ways which then cuts our carbon footprints …So not so many business trips but a meeting nonetheless…A virtual one…Together but apart…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/30/recycling-and-climate-change30th-march-2020a-new-world/https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/30/recycling-and-climate-change30th-march-2020a-new-world/

Tuesday: Down on the Farm…

Of course, this isolation is curbing my little jaunts out so I have had to rethink my posts a little…My Thai family made a quick visit to deposit food from the farm for us on Monday morning which was lovely ..far too much for us so some I have distributed to the neighbours the rest I have been madly trying to come up with new recipes and this morning I have been chopping and shredding lemongrass some to make into a paste and the rest is now drying in the sun so I can make lemongrass powder for tea and use in my cooking…

Now to see what I can do with the big bag of mangoes my neighbour has just brought over …we are so lucky…Mango time is here the trees around us are all fruiting…Some are ready now and others will be a few more weeks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/31/thailanddown-on-the-farmcannon-ball-fruitlemongrass-salad-and-tea/

Whimsical Wednesday:

In these surreal times, I am trying really hard to find the positives I hope I can continue to do so for however long it takes…Last week I found quite a few things which I do hope lifted your spirits…while we fight the spread of this invader…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/01/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2/

Last Wednesday I was over @ Smorgasbord Magazine for my fortnightly Cookery Column where I gave you a tour through the A-Z of cookery which this week featured the letter F…from Finger Limes to Fugu there are lots of culinary terms and tips…I hope you enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-f-for-figs-finger-limes-flambe-fenugreek-fruit-pectinfugu/

Friday: This week in my kitchen 3rd April…Foraging and scraps all cooked from scratch…

This week I covered a homemade pizza and foraging something which Thais do a lot of here…almost every night at least one or two people come past my house with greens they have picked from the side of the road near me…It is almost a national pastime here in the North of Thailand…I also featured a post from the lovely Dorothy who is the author of the New Vintage Kitchen who showed us how important it is to thoroughly wash those fiddlehead ferns before cooking and also a lovely recipe using fiddlehead ferns and Dandelion greens…Thank you, Dorothy, for sharing xx

Who also knew you could make and eat banana peels…?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/03/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-3rd-aprilforaging-and-scraps-all-cooked-from-scratch/

Saturday: It was over to Sally for the Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – The Banana – Pre-Wrapped nutrient boost on the go…

Where Sally is the expert on all matters relating to health and what we eat…Please pop over and have a read there is also a link to some recipes for cooking with Bananas…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-the-banana-pre-wrapped-nutrient-boost-on-the-go/

Saturday Morning Market…Not for a few weeks…

When hopefully normal service will be resumed but in the meantime, I am bringing you recipes and yesterday was National Carrot Day so that gave me an opening…A recipe for a lovely carrot and pineapple cake, A recipe using Thai eggplants of which I have many so if anyone has a recipe for eggplants it would be gratefully received I have a glut of them to use…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/04/saturday-morning-marketnot-for-a-few-weeks/

 

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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 weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and we have rain…Long-awaited rain…it has cleared the air and cooled it down…lovely…it has now settled into a steady rain there have been some fierce winds luckily no damage here although some of the houses in the outlying villages haven’t been so lucky…

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesdays I have no clear idea of what or where my thoughts will take me yet this post is always written on the fly I just start writing and go where my thoughts take me..maybe I should make some tea and let the thoughts flow free…

I can always remember my mum saying “Beware the Ides of March her other saying sticks in my head is ” March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb.”…I always thought she referred to the weather…Well, not so in 1973…

March 1973 was the year my oldest son arrived into the world…March is notorious for being wed, windy and cold so my baby layette consisted of lots of hand-knitted cardigans, bonnets and blankets…Not so when Sean came into the world on the 14th of March it was hot and sunny…my mother who always came and stayed for the first 2 weeks of my confinement was drying and airing his nappies outside it was so warm…he slept in a cotton vest and a nappy it was too hot for the winter clothes we had ready for him…There was a mad dash around the shops by my sisters and friends for little cotton suits…147 hrs of sunny shine…

March -�Sunny, mild and very dry.

Mean Temperature � 7.3�C
�Monthly Highest �17.4�C� �Total Rain � 14 mm
�Monthly Lowest �-3.5�C �Total Sun 147 hrs

March 14 is also Pi Day which celebrates the annual occurrence of 3/14 with math jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and (of course) freshly baked pie.

But what does “Beware the Ides of March” actually mean?

It was Shakespeare…In Julius Caesar…Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March. Caesar ignored him, and when the fated day rolled around he joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey and was summarily murdered by as many as 60 conspirators. Ironically, the spot where Caesar was assassinated is protected in today’s Rome as a no-kill cat sanctuary.

So, if someone tells you “Beware the Ides of March,” they are probably just letting you know they’ve read Shakespeare.

March is also the second of the seven months of the year to have 31 days…

Let’s have a tune…

music notes

Born on this day 4th March 1971… Feargal Lawlor, drummer, with Irish rock band The Cranberries who had the 1994 UK No.14 single ‘Linger’. The bands 1993 album Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.

86 weeks in the album charts…But who spent 18 weeks at number 1?

Frankie Lane with I Believe…

How did he manage that? American crooner Frankie scored his first ever UK Number 1 in April 1953, just after his 40th birthday and seemed reluctant to let go. Not content with notching up nine weeks at the summit, after a week at Number 2, he went back up to spend a further six at the top. But it wasn’t over yet. Famous composer Mantovani then claimed the Number 1 spot, before Frankie gave him a nudge and racked up an additional three weeks. Only five songs in history have scored three separate stints at the top! The other 4 were Bryan Adams, Wet, Wet, Wet, Drake and Queen…

My pick…not because I don’t like listening to the other tracks and not because I think this is their best track…Just because…

I also love Angel Eyes…

Did you know?  on 7th March 1933, the Monopoly Game was introduced… It was originally the Landlord’s Game a board game patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie as U.S. Patent 748,626. It was a realty and taxation game intended to educate users about Georgism. It was the inspiration for the board game Monopoly.

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I think the better question for me to ask is who hasn’t played Monopoly?

Peanut Butter and Pork crackling two of my favourite foods…It was Peanut butter day on March 1st and today is …Ta Da…drum roll, please…Crown Roast of Pork Day…

 

I have never cooked a crown roast of pork but after watching this I think I will be doing so…it looks awesome…Crown Pork roasts are impressive and for me, they make me picture banquets in times past with this luscious centrepiece although there are no tales of the origins of this day or its creator just mentions that today is the day and that it can only be Crown Roast of Pork nothing less…

Pigs have been around for centuries as far back as 5000BC…A relative of the wild boar it is said to be the most eaten meat in the world…I wonder if that will change in future years…

Did you know?

Today 4th March 1922 the first Vampire film Nosferatu premiered @ The Berlin Zoological Gardens, Germany an adaptation for the film of Bram Stokers, Dracula…

I loved the old Dracula movies with Christopher Lee although I am getting used to some of the newer versions…

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 16th -22nd February 2020…

Welcome it is a lovely sunny morning here…listening to the sound of drilling…Everyone around here is in D.I.Y mode methinks…I thought Sunday mornings were a quiet time so that one could reflect on the past week and what was planned for the coming week…Earplugs where are you???

I have wrapped up this week posts for you to enjoy…Green tea called for methinks…Let’s chill out with our favourite cuppa plus(earplugs) for moi….. Pam from Butterfly Sand shared her morning tea with us…A cup of Cream of Avalon which is a blend of caramel, vanilla bergamot and citrus sounds like one I would love to try…

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…

I try to find as much good news and practises as I can…we cannot ignore the extremes of weather that some of you are experiencing some is of course nature which is always changing as the world goes through its cycles of life however we also cannot ignore man’s contribution and of course we must address those issues as much as we can as individuals…Every little helps as they say…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/17/recycling-and-climate-change17th-february-2020good-news-and-the-top-3-polluters/

Tuesday…

While I am busty researching and testing recipes I thought I would repost some of my older posts which still seem to be receiving some interest or ones which may need a little more love…Nam Pboon Sai is Slaked lime (lime + water = Ca(OH)2 ) or calcium hydroxide is traditionally made with burning shells at high heat and adding the burned shells to water. The water that you get is limewater. In  Thailand, the red lime paste is quite common because the paste is also used in making paan…To read the full post please click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/18/down-on-the-farm-what-is-lime-water-nam-pboon-sai/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday…

Is one of my favourite posts to write…I start with something which has piqued my curiosity or a memory and go from there …which could be anywhere given how my brain is wired…it has a life of its own at times …even my dear my mum on reading one of my short stories said quite seriously I don’t know where this comes from…how do you think of these ideas…I still think she may think I was that child found under a gooseberry bush…haha.

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/19/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-27/

Thursday…Shopping by Nutrient…

This is a great series from Sally clearly written, easy to follow and understand …No jargon…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-sally-cronin/

Friday…

Where I invite you to join me in my kitchen...Where I am baking far more than I normally do and also testing out new dishes…The store of frozen bananas is diminishing …today I will be baking yet another banana bread for Lily to take back to the village for her other Nannie..she loved the bread pudding I sent last time hopefully she will love my banana bread I may also send her a little bit of ginger cake for her to sample she does love a piece of cake…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/21/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchencornbeef-hash-thai-crispy-pork-and-kale-and-chocolate-and-blueberry-cookies/

Saturday…A Saturday Morning Market…

Who doesn’t love a market..sadly in some parts of the Uk the markets have gone or declined there has been an increase in Farmers Markets which are lovely and you get some amazing local produce but a market to me…A proper market is where you can buy anything…food for table and tools to mend a leaky tap or a puncture or some new tea towels…

I adore the markets here…Lively and bustling and they sell everything from meat, fish fruit, vegetables, curry pastes, rice, clothing, garden pots and knives you name it it is sold here…On a Saturday I will share with you some goodies or new fruit or vegetable I have found…

This week it is the Kaffir Lime...A lovely vibrant green little fruit with lots of uses…A fruit that I knew very little or had used until I landed here in Thailand where it is used in many Thai dishes…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/22/saturday-morning-market-kaffir-limes/

Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup 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.

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 weekend xx