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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 10th-October 16th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Pulled Pork, The Earthshot Prize,Smog and World Food Day…

My Environmental A-Z, Music …in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…Pulled Pork, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Chilli Con Carne, The Earthshot Prize and World Food Day…

Time is marching on and I am hearing little murmurings about Christmas…sigh…we are only just in October and we haven’t had Halloween yet…I mean Santa says it’s 69 sleeps…It is though nearly time to make those cakes and puddings if they are to be matured, marzipanned and iced by Christmas…

Did you know that in October…? 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you should have or should be planting those Spring Bulbs…I absolutely adore seeing the spring flowers… the first snowdrops, the beautiful narcissi and my favourite the bluebells which come a tad later than the daffodils…but first we have to enjoy the beautiful colour changes of the Fall in the Northern Hemisphere…Those colours are glorious…the beautiful Marigold which is Octobers flowers compliments the autumn colours…

October music...Adele has released her long-awaited album, Kelly Clarson has released her Christmas album, Coldplay have released “Music of the Spheres, The former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has released her long-awaited debut album, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for me an unlikely pairing but it has been widely applauded by the critics one of whom said, “Bennett’s got these songs under his skin, and pop’s Mother Monster does a brilliant job of helping him deliver them as a final gift to the world.”

Enough of my meanderings lets have a look at last weeks posts…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2… 

The slow cooker is a wonderful piece of equipment and one I have used for more years than I care to remember…I always used to put Porridge Oats on before I went to bed which meant the Hubby who left at 6 am could have a steaming bowl of porridge to keep him warm then as the kids got up they could have a bowl of hot porridge… the slow cooker is wonderful for porridge as it doesn’t burn the bottom… I have burnt many a saucepan bottom when I left the porridge to do something else in the morning rush…not with the slow cooker it’s perfect for porridge…it is also perfect for this Pulled Pork which is so wonderfully soft and delicious when cooked…

The Pitta bread took me a few attempts until I got it perfect but really is easy if you follow the instructions…The vegan BBQ jackfruit is as near as dammit as you can get to pulled pork both in taste and texture and this observation comes from someone who doesn’t like tofu and is a meat eater…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Pulled Pork and a vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit.

Penning this A-Z has been something of an eye-opener to me while doing my research as some terms I did not know the full meaning of or more to the point the consequences for our health.

The Environmental A-Z…the letter S…#Smog, Sustainable Agriculture, Solid Waste…The Earthshot Prize

Shopping when you are looking for something in particular but not sure what it is can be a nightmare…Sally’s shopping by nutrient is a brilliant idea particularly if you have a certain medical condition that requires you to ensure that you eat certain vitamins…#recommended read.

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

Although we don’t celebrate Halloween I know many of you particularly my American cousins and friends celebrate Halloween…these recipes are especially for you…Enjoy!

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Two chillies for you one with meat and a Vegetarian chilli…Both delicious and warming…

Fang-Tastic Friday … Chilli Con Carne and Halloween Trivia…

Saturday Snippets…

As it was World Food Day yesterday I didn’t want to detract from the importance of the UN’s call for action to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone.

The theme this year is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

I would love to know for certain that my children and grandchildren were assured: “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

Our actions are our future HOWEVER  when I read statements that come from the mouths of major food and agriculture companies who argue that the way forward is through proprietary tech and more chemicals…I TOTALLY REJECT THIS TRAIN OF THOUGHT…Has nothing been learnt? I won’t ask do they care as all they do care about is profit…Their’s…

I am appalled at the UN for sanctioning these speakers and for not giving the platform to groups who were building and advocating for sustainable food systems worldwide…Have they no teeth or are they in the same pockets?????… Rant over but I make no apologies…

Our Actions are Our Future…#World Food Day… 16th October 2021.

That’s all for this week if you are reading…Thank you xx

 

 

Our Actions are Our Future…#World Food Day… 16th October 2021.

Today October 16th 2021 the UN is making a call for action to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone.

For the second year running, the world marks #WorldFoodDay whilst continuing to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, the World Food Day commemorations will be jointly led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation( FAO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme (WFP). Events will be organised in 150 countries across the globe with multiple partners and governments, according to the United Nations.

The theme this year is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

I hope this is the case as I was worried that while I have been conducting research I read that and I was astounded that despite the focus being on building sustainable and fair food systems the recent UN summit was boycotted and criticized by none other than scientists, farming groups and social movements…

Why?…instead of giving the platform to groups who were building and advocating for sustainable food systems worldwide…the summit centred around major food and agriculture companies who argue that the way forward is through proprietary tech and more chemicals.

“Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”

DOES NOT MEAN more Chemicals!

When I read figures and percentages stating how much food is wasted around the world...I feel like weeping… particularly when I see appeals to help feed starving children and in all honesty, no parent should have to worry about where the next meal is coming from not in this day and age…but because there is so much inequality around the world it is happening children are starving and dying…it beggars belief at times…

I know wars and strife and the like sometimes prevent food supplies from getting through and of course, climate change is taking the flack as well for some of it but more should be done…I truly hope that days like today and the forthcoming COPD26 brings about that change…Our actions are our future…

Thank you for taking the time to read x

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – October 2021 – Yeast Free Raisin and Cinnamon bread, Hair Conditioner, Fabric softener, World Food Day

October my Green Kitchen with Carol Taylor.

Welcome to October’s edition of my Green Kitchen…where I aim to cook food that is chemical-free, in season and grown either by myself or purchased locally and in season…
Produce which is in season has far more taste than produce which is forced and grown out of its natural season …I also think it is the anticipation and taste that first of the season produce brings to the enjoyment of our food…

There is nothing better than cooking and serving that first crop of new potatoes or that first crop of peas, the first of the root crops, new ginger or lovely strawberries it brings such pleasure and we should savour every mouthful as many don’t have that option.

I am a firm believer that if we didn’t crave more and more of foods which aren’t natural to our particular environment that there wouldn’t be so much starvation and hunger in the world ..we live in a world of supply and demand and if we didn’t demand there would be no need…

Sometimes we have to deny ourselves for the good of others…

Recipe for October…Yeast-free Raisin and Cinnamon Bread.

For the recipe and to read the original post please click the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/10/06/smorgasbord-food-column-carol-taylors-green-kitchen-october-2021-yeast-free-raisin-and-cinnamon-bread-hair-conditioner-fabric-softener-world-food-day/

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Climate Change, Health, Recipes …Week ending 19th Oct 2019…

Welcome to this weeks roundup…What a week …Lily is here for the school holidays so we have been baking… she loves making cakes and helping to prepare dinner she loves chopping veggies as much as she loves eating them her favourite vegetables being broccoli and cabbage she is always asking for seconds…bless her.

Aston is staying in the village with his other nan and has been busy collecting wild honey I didn’t realise he knew quite so much about bees…

I am still having laptop woes and limited to what I can do on mine but hopefully the end is in sight… in the meantime I am PC sharing where I can…good fun…not!

What has been going on this week and no I am not discussing Brexit although I was watching the House of Parliament live yesterday to the bitter end…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Anyway enough of my chatter…Grab a drink it is time to settle down, relax and have a read something for everyone…Enjoy!

Monday…

I always try to bring you a mixture of the good that is happening around the world and also some of the not so good…I was concerned this week about some of the antics I saw about Extinction Rebellion…It didn’t make good reading and although I agree with some of their views I do not think the actions of some has helped their cause and in fact has probably had the opposite effect…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/14/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-14th-october-2019/

Tuesday… Healthy Eating…

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Healthy Eating

I was absolutely shocked to hear that figures were out and England saw a rise for the fourth consecutive year that severe obesity in school year 6 has broken records, and it is up more than a third since 2006.
Levels of severe obesity among children in the last year of primary school have hit an all-time high, according to official figures that have dismayed public health experts…I don’t know about dismaying public health experts it is dismaying me…

Much needs to be done by parents, schools and governments to halt this epidemic once and for all….

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/15/healthy-eating-childhood-obesity/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday to be exact…

Let the fun and nostalgia begin…I covered World Food Day, the opening of Disney and lots more…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/16/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-14/

It was also the day when I was over @Sally’s for  Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – #Minerals – Magnesium…

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Lots of expert advice from Sally and recipes from me…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-magnesium/

Thursday…

As you know it is National Pumpkin month with lots of recipes and Halloween tales but don’t forget the Apple as that is also being celebrated as there are so many lovely varieties …so from this week coming I will also be adding some apple recipes…Who doesn’t love Apple Pie???

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/17/national-pumpkin-month-facts-trivia-and-a-delicious-thai-pumpkin-soup/

Thursdays is also where once a month I can be found over at Esme’s Salon…I am nearing the end of my journey through the Culinary Alphabet and this month it is the letter U…From the Ugli Fruit to Umami…

Although I will add that the Pineapple Upside down cake was the most talked about…I am not surprised as it is delicious…

Friday…

Its store cupboard basics and this week I covered cooking oils…my most used cooking oils are olive oil, ghee and coconut oil…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/18/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicspart-6cooking-oils/

Saturday…

Is a subject dear to both mine and Sally’s hearts…

Obesity…The figures out last week about childhood obesity in the UK shocked me…It should also shock you if you have a child who is obese…Of course we don’t want to give children a complex but handled correctly and by us as parents making changes to our families diets and lifestyles as a family would make a difference…It is not about shaming the individual child it is about sharing the problem and tackling it by making changes.

Sally’s posts on this subject make for good helpful reading to help tackle this epidemic…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-four-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-7-14-healthy-diet-for-brain-function-and-hormon/

That’s it for this week ...Please let me have your favourite pumpkin/Halloween recipes and if you have any ideas for Christmas table decorations instead of buying crackers which invariably add to the plastic mountain…

I for one am not buying crackers this year so looking for some great ideas from you guys…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 great weekend 🙂 xx

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning, the sun is shining and all is well…

Oh, how I wish that was true…Damn laptop but there is light at the end of the tunnel..I have hijacked my grandsons PC so I can get this post done…A very kind heartened friend is looking at my laptop remotely…This also gives me the chance to road test Windows 10…

I had a  wonderful time in Chon Buri..Partied away with some wonderful people…

Today is National Food Day…My dream is that no one wakes up hungry or goes to bed hungry…Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Celebrated around the world today millions of people around the world will gather at marathons, exhibitions, concerts and marches to observe World Food Day. Initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) it is one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar.

More than just a casual series of festivities, World Food Day is organised to bring awareness to how our changing planet affects food production and distribution. Related events explore several topics such as examining how agriculture needs to adapt due to climate change to migration affects food security. The goal of these sessions is to set goals that will eventually lead to building a Zero Hunger Generation…doesn’t that give us hope?

Over 150 countries are taking part…There may be an event near you if so take part and take pictures lets see how many wonderful events we can capture for next weeks post..so get snapping and enjoy!

1944 – Wally Walrus debuted in The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz’s cartoon.

Time for a story…

The Charade – Chapter 7

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Chapter Seven by Steph Richmond…

He walked towards the door, he wanted to get there before his housekeeper did, this was private business.

   “Come in Carl.” He showed him into the drawing room.

   “So she works for you then?” There were no niceties offered up.

   “And that is your business, because?” Mr James retorted.

   “It is my business, trust me I need to talk to her… eventually. First I need that necklace that she is always wearing, where is she?” Carl stood his ground.

   “She’s gone.”

   “You’re lying, she was here a moment ago.”

   “So where am I hiding her then?” He challenged. Robert James had no idea what this was all about but he wasn’t going to give his best girl up to the likes of Carl Ward. He had a reputation and Robert didn’t like him one bit. “So be straight with me Carl, what is she to you, why is she so important?”

   Carl sat down heavily in an overstuffed armchair in front of the fire. “I don’t see that this is your business but you may be able to help me all the same. That jewel she wears, I need to have it back, it belonged to my mother but it disappeared a few months before she died. I don’t know how your girl got it or why but I am guessing she stole it, I want it back.”

   “She’s not a thief and she’s worn that jewel for years, in fact I’ve never seen her without it, you must have it wrong Carl, why should I trust your story?”

   “I’ve done some bad things in my life Robert but I need that jewel back it’s all there is of my mother now.” He stood up the defiance returning. “I will have it however I have to go about getting it. Give her this message.” He handed Robert a letter. “She will be pleased to hear from me, I think we got on rather well last night. Tell her nothing about the jewel.” Robert took the letter, he knew Carl as a chancer with a band of untrustworthy friends and knew better than to cross him, he would do as he was asked.

TBC

I do hope you are enjoying this little tale of intrigue…

 

Did you know?

Beheading and burning at the stake  were once  the norm..

1555 on this day Prodestant martyrs Bishop Hugh Latimer and Bishop Nicholas Ridley are burned at the stake for heresy in England.

1793 saw poor Queen Marie Antoinette  beheaded by guillotine during the French Revolution…They certainly loved beheading their queens through the ages didn’t they?

The phrase “Let them eat cake” is often attributed to Marie but there is no evidence she ever said it.

I for one am so pleased that we have moved on from that…Mmmm shootings, stabbings and bombs…So really nought changes does it just the method.

Let’s have a tune…Lighten the mood…

Love this track such a shame they disbanded…Proud Mary what an epic tune…one of the most influential rock groups of their generation, even though their recording career together lasted a brief four years. Their breakup was announced on Oct. 16, 1972.

Even today I have a fear of high winds…

Living through that storm has given me the heebie jeebies for life…

Who doesn’t love a Disney film? However as is the case with many opening ceremonies all doesn’t always go to plan…

Disney had a disasterous opening day on 16th October 1923 it turned into a nightmare and was dubbed Black Sunday…

Who would have thought all these years  later what an institution Disney would become…

Food…

Those of you who know me know what a foodie I am and how much I love finding foods which I haven’t seen or tasted before…Gingko Nuts were my new find…My friend ordered Chicken and Cashew nuts on a recent day out…It looked slightly different from the norm and she was absolutely overjoyed as it tasted just like the one she remembered…As it turned out the chef cooked old authentic Thai recipes and what a joy to eat…It also contained  Gingko nuts.

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Image by Pusteblume0815 from Pixabay

The Chinese believe the nuts to be an aphrodisiac; others think if you eat more than ten in a sitting, you’ll get poisoned. (Neither result has happened to me) And while the nut’s positive and negative qualities might sound a little extreme, one bite and you will be sold..I am now looking for a source… apparently they are sold tinned and used for sweet desserts or fresh and used in savoury dishes…

I am now on a mission to find both the tree and the nuts so once I do…There will be more info and a recipe or two…Have any of you cooked with gingko nuts? If so please share your recipes with us…Credit will be given as always…

That’s all from me for this week I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane…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 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