Although technically we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK and Ireland, that does not mean we cannot appreciate the opportunity it offers to formalize our thanks to those who help and support us. I fully appreciate that Smorgasbord Blog Magazine is a collaboration between myself and a number of key contributors who add their experience, support and wonderful content, to entertain and inform readers who visit.
Between now and Thursday I would like to say a special thank you to four of the monthly columnists during 2019 who have added such colour, flavour, insight, humour, adventure and music to my life and to yours. They create new content each month which I know takes a great deal of time. Something as busy people they do not have in abundance.
Today I would like to say a massive thank you to Carol Taylor who has absolutely brought colour and flavour and taste into our lives via the Cookery and Food Column on Wednesdays. I have also thoroughly enjoyed working together with Carol to bring you information on the essential nutrients the body needs to be healthy, and how to put the foods together that are a rich source of these vitamins and minerals. Hard to believe it is over three years since we began our collaboration and it has been a wonderfully rewarding experience.
And of course, it goes without saying that she also is a wonderful friend, despite being thousands of miles away from rainy Ireland.
She is very supportive of her fellow bloggers and is kindness itself, and nothing is too much trouble.. a sort of friend we all wish for.
Normally on Wednesdays since the summer of 2016, Carol Taylor has delighted us with her recipes, either in celebration of a specific food but also to demonstrate how you can include the essential nutrients in your daily diet. We both strongly believe in ‘cooking from scratch’ rather than relying on industrially mass produced foods and sauces.
Carol lives in Thailand and on her own eclectic blog she shares foods that she sources locally and turns into delicious family meals. We have been introduced to Jack Fruit and exotic herbs and spices and I am sure that I am not the only one who now creates Thai green curry and other dishes that Carol explains how to make in great detail.
Carol is passionate about the environment and she has posted some compelling articles on the subject and from time to time enjoyed a bit of a rant (very enjoyable) She has seen the devastating effect of plastics in the ocean and on local wildlife and researches projects that are trying to offset this huge human originating impact on the ocean’s of the world.
Here is Carol’s latest post sharing great news from around the world including New Zealand, Sweden and innovative mushroom packaging being used by Ikea: Recycling and Climate Change – The Good, No the Great News
On Wednesday’s Carol adopts a more whimsical point of view and shares some quirky segments and sometimes a short story.. this week she shared the battle of the supermarket Christmas adverts, the origins of the artificial Christmas tree, some music and a short story from SC Richmond..
Carol is also a devoted mother and grandmother and here is her delightful granddaughter Lily who often works side by side with Carol in her busy kitchen and is a wonderful cook in her own right. Carol’s son and daughter-in-law run the family farm where turkeys and black chickens are raised, as well as fresh produce. Nothing like knowing exactly where your food is coming from.. find out more about the farm and the early preparations for Christmas…in this weekly catch up from Carol’s farm and kitchen
Every week Carol spends a great deal of time and effort and experimentation on the family to make sure that the Food and Cookery Column is kept stocked with wonderful recipes. Her generosity is so appreciated and I hope that you will head over and follow Carol on her blog if you do not already do so… also on social media.
If you missed Carol’s traditional Thanksgiving/Christmas menu with delicious starters, main and desserts her it is: Thanksgiving/Christmas Traditional Menu
Coming up in December – how to get the most flavour out of some of the side dishes we love to eat at Chrismas and a full Vegetarian Christmas menu that all the family can enjoy.
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 vegetables 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 have 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!
Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: Amazon US
Connect to Carol via her blog and enjoy posts on healthy eating, conservation, waste management, travel and amazing recipes: Carol Cooks 2
Thank you for dropping in today and enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow.. thanks Sally.