Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 3rd – 9th October 2021 – James Bond, 1979 Hits, Green Kitchen, Stories, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of post you might have missed during the week here on Smorgasbord.

We have been busy enough around here with final end of summer jobs in the garden… more topsoil and the turf coming in next week to complete the lawn work in the front of the house.. and then we finish the back in the next month. They need to be done before we put the house on the market next year and then we can start on the redecoration inside… it is five years since we did the last round and it needs freshening up.

We have been talking about where we go next, it will still be in Ireland and we are leaning towards the coast between Wexford and Waterford giving us access to both of them but still in a rural or coastal location if possible. The motorway that now goes all the way from Dublin to Wexford is to be extended on to Waterford in the next few years and that will make it very much easier to travel that southern coast.

My mother’s family originate from a small hamlet called Ballinacura in cork. Having managed last year to gain access to some records from the 1820s, it looks like the men in the family were pilots who would row out to ships and bring them into harbour. They also worked on the river.. When we move we are going to explore further in person which is much more effective. David’s family moved to Waterford from Cork and so we both have our origins there.

Just a note about the next couple of months. I am in writing mode at the moment and so I am scheduling non time sensitive posts out two weeks or so. If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new book due to be released.. either on pre-order or available in the next month or so, please email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com so I can put a date in the diary to share the news.

 

We went to see No Time To Die the latest Bond film on Wednesday. It is a long film 2hour 45 minutes but it is action packed and the time flew by. It was certainly a great send off for Daniel Craig as James Bond and tied off quite a few loose ends with some surprises along the way. We had recently rewatched Spectre and this film picks up where the story left off . I still think Skyfall was the best of his films but can recommend this to all Bond fans and it will be interesting who picks up the 007 designation next.  Here is the official trailer courtesy of James Bond 007  

Gwen Plano shared her reviews for three poetry collections in a lovely feature this week and I was in great company with Elizabeth Gauffreau and Colleen Chesebro...

I hope you will pop over to read Gwen’s reviews: Gwen Plano – Reviews for Colleen, Liz and Sally

This week William Price King, Carol Taylor and D.G. Kaye have done an amazing job with their contributions and so grateful to everyone who has visited, liked, commented and shared the posts.

And congratulations to contributor to the laughter series Malcolm Allen and his long term partner Sarah who married earlier in the week. Here is a lovely photograph of the occasion.

On with the show

Chart Hits 1979 Part Two – Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, Earth Wind and Fire, Abba and Dire Straits

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

Usher Taking Things for Granted

Vanessa – In a Dilemma

1965 – Lancashire – The Sound of Music – Something Good and The Lonely Goatherd

Turning Back the Clock – The Hormone Factor Part One – by Sally Cronin

#Anthology – The Shadows We Breathe (volume 1) Edited by Sarah Brentyn and contributing authors

New Review #Memoir – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

Book Reviews Rewind – #Children’s #Adventure – Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry

September Recap – #Children Dawn Doig, #Dogs Andrew Cotter, #Fantasy Richard Dee, #Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben, #Murder #Mystery Sharon Marchisello

Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part One – Vitamins A – B by Sally Cronin

Meet My Best Friend San by D.G. Kaye

The amazing Jennie Fitzkee who delights us with her stories from her classroom came to the attention of the producers of the Kelly Clarkson Show and that began a wonderful adventure with the culmination in Jennie’s appearance on the show.

Jennie Fitzkee is a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show..

How To Write The Perfect Titles For All Your Blog Posts #BloggingTips by Hugh W. Roberts

#Writing and our #Health by D.L. Finn… on Story Empire

#Finance -Squeeze the Most out of Your Money – Part 1 by Sharon Marchisello

Tuesday October 5th 2021- #Connections Jane Sturgeon, #Cats Nikki Fries, #Food Carol Taylor, #Launch Chris Hall and Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Revews Diana Peach

Thursday 7th October 2021 – #Haunting Rebecca Budd, #Reviews Sandra Cox, #Interview Melanie Stewart with Sharon Marchisello, #Update and #Llamas Mary Smith, #OracleCards D.G. Kaye

Old Dog Tray by Sarah Taylor

New Author on the Shelves – #Historical #Witchcraft – Bitter Magic by Nancy Kilgore

Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse – The Moons of Autumn. – Colleen Chesebro and other Poets

#Reviews – #Fantasy M.J. Mallon, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Suspense Joan Hall

#Reviews – #Fantasy Yvette Calliero, #Romance #Mystery Mae Clair, #western #romance Sandra Cox

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra Rewind- Courtroom funnies host Sally Cronin

October 7th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Baked Beans and Great Expectations

 

Thanks for dropping in today and hope you have enjoyed the posts.. please join me again next week… Sally.

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 which 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.

This bread is easy to make, smells wonderful because of the cinnamon and makes a lovely breakfast bread. If you don’t have any buttermilk then it’s easy to make just enough for this recipe I never buy it I just make it as requires. A few minutes is all it takes.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup raisins -soaked
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• ¼ cup dark brown sugar
• ⅔ cup granulated sugar, divided
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp coarse salt
• 1 large egg, at room temperature
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and divided
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon
• Pinch ground nutmeg

Let’s Bake!

Preheat the oven to 350° F / 177C and grease an 8×4-inch loaf pan.

Soak the raisins in hot water for 15 minutes, drain, and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, the baking soda, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and 3 tbsp of the melted butter.

Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry until the batter is moistened. Fold in the raisins.

In a separate small bowl, mix together the remaining granulated sugar, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Reserve 1 tbsp of this cinnamon-sugar for finishing the bread.

Spoon half of the batter into the greased loaf pan and then sprinkle with half of the larger amount of the reserved cinnamon sugar.

Repeat with the second layer of batter and cinnamon sugar, and then cut through the batter with a knife to swirl the cinnamon sugar throughout.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean, about 55-60 minutes.

Evenly baste the top of the bread with the remaining 1 tbsp of butter (making sure not to over-butter one spot or the inside will be soft) and sprinkle with the reserved 1 tbsp of cinnamon-sugar…I didn’t use the whole tbsp as I felt it would have been too much it depends on how sweet your tooth is methinks.

Cool the bread in the loaf pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack, and then cool for an additional 10 minutes.

Slice and serve with butter and or jam.

My testers loved it...I liked it…it was a tad too sweet for me but the bread had a lovely texture and I would make it again for hubby…

Now for a recap on last month’s projects

Hair Conditioning Bar…called Foamie that has now arrived…

Lily is my little tester for this as she has quite fine hair which knots easily so needs a conditioner…it also has no nasties is not packaged in plastic which means so far it a winner.

• 0% parabens, silicones, sulphates, microplastics, nano particles
• 100% plastic free, vegan and cruelty free.
• Dermatologically tested.
• Ergonomic design for easy use.

They do two one for normal hair which contains coconut oil and one for damaged with Hibiscus.

Lily’s verdict: She loves the smell and the softness of her hair…my verdict I think she loves having something of her own and something her brother is not going to use…

What’s New?

Fabric Conditioner:

Well, my in-house testers would have had something to say if it’s not doing the job…I have been using it for a few weeks now and no one has said anything…I take that as a win…and another plastic bottle less coming into the house… plus nothing nasty is going in to the water system so a little less to harm the little fishes…

To make the fabric conditioner…You will need:

  • 500ml Glass bottle/jar
  • 500ml White vinegar
  • 30 drops Essential Oil of your choice

Directions:

Fill your bottle/jar with vinegar, and add around 30 drops of essential oil to your vinegar.

To Use:

Shake well before use

When you are ready to add the fabric softener to your machine, fill the fabric conditioner compartment of the drawer up to the line with the scented vinegar. For a half load of washing, decrease the amount by half.

Using this mixture in place of fabric conditioner will give your laundry a delicate and clean aroma without a hint of vinegar — promise! If there is still a trace of vinegar on your wet clothes, this will dissipate as the clothes dry.

This is my first attempt at homemade conditioner and the oil I used was the lemon grass essential oil I made last month… but depending on your preferences any essential oil will do…as I love the smell of Jasmine methinks that will be my next choice and after that who knows… Alternatively, you can skip the oil for a scent-free conditioner.

I also halved the recipe just in case plus as I had no dark 250/500ml bottles left I improvised and used an empty beer bottle…we are nothing if not inventive in this house…lol

Vinegar makes for a great natural fabric conditioner because it cuts through soapy residue and it won’t interfere with the absorbency of your laundry, making your clothes and towels last longer and smell better. Nor will it leave deposits in your washing machine or plumbing. In fact, vinegar also cuts through grease so you’ll actually clean your machine every time you do a load of laundry. Win! Win! Plus, another plastic bottle or those little sachets are gone…

If you are still wondering why, you should ditch the manufactured Fabric Conditioner then…some brands use “dehydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride.” in layman’s terms “animal fat” pure and simple so if you follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle…check your fabric conditioner.

It goes without saying it is also not good for the environment …many brands contain a cocktail of non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals which are not easily bio-degradable…they can contribute to eczema and may contain carcinogens they are also toxic to those little fishes…

It was world Vegetarian day on the 1st October and on the 16th, it is World Food Day...

Let’s tackle Vegetarianism first…it seems though that there are an increasing number of “isms” … one example is “ Pescatariaism”…. That comes from the Italian word for fish “Pesce” it is the inclusion of fish and other seafood to a plant-based diet…I could happily go with that as I love fish far more than meat…

But what about the lab produced meats …What are your thoughts? What is Cultured Beef?  

Meat substitutes …i.e. Beyond Burger…

Plus the Impossible Burger...Womens Health conducts some tests...

More on this next month…

World Food Day…16th October…

Every time I see images of children starving it breaks my heart…it breaks my heart when I see mothers and grandmothers on a screen telling us, begging us to help feed the children… it breaks my heart.

It also makes me so mad when I see the statistics of world food waste… About 17% of global food production is wasted, according to the UN Environment Programmes (UNEP) Food Waste Index...Here’s the kicker...we/us are accountable for 61% from households, 26% from food services and 13% from retail.

Why World Food Day?…This day aims at tackling global hunger and is striving to eradicate hunger across the world.

World Hunger Facts…

While doing my research I was astounded that despite the focus being on building sustainable and fair food systems the UN summit was boycotted and criticized by none other than scientists, farming groups and social movements…

I was now reading this with a look of pure disbelief on my face…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.

The first feed the world, Band Aid was in 1984…Thats 38yrs ago…

We are now a few months away from 2022 and I am still seeing those pictures and images of starving children…it may be labelled differently …Climate Change and covid are now thrown into the mix…BUT it doesn’t alter the fact that children are still starving worldwide…

I think after reading all that I can only focus on the statistics of household food waste and continue to support local initiatives who help feed the starving children where I live…to do that we need to focus on labels…particularly Use by and best before dates.

Use By: tells us when the food is still safe to eat. Found on perishable foods such as chilled meats, dairy and ready meals. To avoid waste only purchase when you require them there is no point in stocking up on a bargain and then it doesn’t get eaten and is ultimately thrown away…Don’t stock up unless it’s something which can be frozen.

Best before date:

This date is far more flexible than use by dates. After this date and within a reasonable time, dried beans, pasta, lentils can be consumed safely…trust your senses.

Check your fridge and cupboards regularly…once a week have a pot luck meal and any odds and ends of vegetables can be chucked in a casserole or soup, mixed in with a pasta dish, a stir fry or an omelette.

Get creative, find new recipes which only require a few ingredients.

Learn what you can freeze successfully before the use by date…Frozen odds and ends of fruit make great smoothies or fruit compotes.

A vegetable stir fry is one of best ways to use up odds and ends of veggies…that half an onion, those two mushrooms, that lone green onion, that handful of bean sprouts, that half a carrot or those few broccoli or cauliflower florets, the odd piece of cabbage, a tomato, half a bell pepper…even those couple of prawns/shrimp or bit of chicken you can make a main meal out of this with some rice…

Let’s reduce that 60% and make a pledge to avoid processed foods like the plague or bodies don’t need them to stay healthy.

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol 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 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 – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another wonderful column and I so appreciate the work that goes into creating them each month. do head over to her blog to follow her informative and entertaining posts every week…. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – September 5th -11th 2021 – Crow Tales, Contributions, Chart Hits, Book Reviews, Podcast, Short Stories, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up and the posts you might have missed during the week.

Hope you are all doing okay….Another week and already the second week of September. They joke about time speeding up as you get older seems to be true. Either that or I am losing the plot!

Update on Charlie the Crow (Rook)

Charlie has become more independent and is flying better and in fact the last couple of nights he has found himself a roost, we think in the hedge which is very thick around the back garden but enables him to climb up into the top branches out of the way of cats.

However, his beak is still not opening fully and finding food difficult.. so he arrives in front of the kitchen window looking expectant. He manages soft stuff and his favourite is seeded bread and butter, cut up in small pieces and soaked in raw egg or a half piece buttered that he can stand on and peck away..  Soft crumbly fat balls are acceptable as is a small pile of meal worms. No wonder he has put some weight on.

He took his first bath earlier in the week and has been going for a daily dip which is very important to improve the condition of his feathers and despite his beak problems is starting to preen a little.

Anyway.. I took some photos yesterday when he enjoyed a piece of bread and butter.

Denise Finn very kindly shared her recent review for Life is Like a Mosaic in a post, and I was in great company with Jacqui Murray and two of her books that I can also highly recommend.

D.L. Finn September Reviews Part 1

William Price King has returned from his summer break in the mountains and lovely to have him back. Carol Taylor gave us a lot to think about and a wonderful bread recipe in The Green Kitchen and Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen have brought smiles to our faces. As always very grateful for their contributions… Thanks to you for all your support and comments.. they do make my day.

Chart Hits 1977 – Part Two – Stevie Wonder, Manhattan Transfer, Elton John, Barbra Streisand

Banana Bread, Neem Oil, Homemade Beehive, Lemongrass, Snail Mail, Cider Vinegar and Reef Shampoo

Martha – The System Administrator by Sally Cronin

Norman An Old Soldier

Turning Back the Clock – The Guidelines by Sally Cronin and Kelli Brett

If you have five minutes to spare.. there is another short story – The Psychic Parrot on my podcast

Dogs #Mountains #Humour – Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs by Andrew Cotter

Book Reviews Rewind – #Scottish #Historical – Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair

robbie a ghost and his gold

Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal #Historical #BoerWar A Ghost and his Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge Tanka Prose

Authors Pamela S. Wight and her guest Amy M. Reade

Authors in the Sun – #Hawaii #Family The Dolphin by D.L. Finn

#Influencers – A Tribute to One of My Role Models by Pete Springer

Tuesday 7th September 2021 – Patricia Furstenberg, Darlene Foster, Robbie Cheadle, Rebecca Budd, Terry Tyler, Jan K. Sikes

Thursday 9th September 2021 – D.G. Kaye, Elizabeth Gauffreau, Jim Borden, Pete Springer, Carol Taylor

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Women’s Health Month – Hormones and the Endocrine System by Sally Cronin

New Book on the Shelves – Age 6-12- A Cat Named Lump: 48 Poetic Tummy Turners by B.C. Byron

New Book on the Shelves – #Scifi #Adventure – The Great Between (Happy Tales Young Reader Collection) by Doug Parker

New Author on the Shelves – #AlternateHistory Shakespeare’s Twin Sister by Richard Seltzer

#Reviews – #Fantasy Jan Sikes, #Historical Ailish Sinclair, #Poetry Balroop Singh

#Reviews – #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Historical V.M. Sang

#Dystopian #thriller Terry Tyler, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Shortstories Sian Turner

September 7th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Diet Tips and Life Observations

The Irish View on Life, Bars, Accents and Heaven and Hell with Sally Cronin

September 10th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Confession and Operation

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope that you will join me again next week.

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – September 2021 – Banana Bread, Neem Oil, Homemade Beehive, Lemongrass, Snail Mail, Cider Vinegar and Reef Shampoo


Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen.
September 2021

Good morning and welcome to the September edition of my Green Kitchen… Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

This Month’s RecipeBanana Bread with Passionfruit Curd/Butter.

Ingredients:

• 2/3 ripe bananas
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• ½-1 cup sugar I used half as we don’t like ours too sweet.
• 1 egg beaten
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 ½ cups of flour
• A handful of walnuts chopped(optional)

Pre-heat Oven to 350/175 degrees.
4×8 inch loaf tin lined or greased and floured.

Let’s Cook!

Peel and mash the bananas, stir in the melted butter. Mix in the baking soda, sugar, beaten egg and the vanilla extract…. This is the easiest cake on record and quite easy to double up on the ingredients if you have a bigger loaf tin just adjust the cooking time.

Then gently mix in the flour.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Bake in the pre heated oven for 1hr-1hr 10 mins until a skewer comes out clean.

Let the banana bread cool slightly before removing from the tin.

Passionfruit Butter/ Curd:

Ingredients:

• The pulp of 5 large passion fruit plus ½ cup of passionfruit pulp.
• 150 gm butter
• 100 gm of sugar
• Juice of half a lemon or lime
• ¼ tsp of salt
• 5 eggs beaten

Let’s Cook!

Melt the butter and the sugar in a heavy bottomed saucepan over a low heat. Add the lemon/lime juice, salt and passion fruit pulp. Mix well.

In a separate bowl whisk the 5 eggs lightly then increase the heat to medium low and slowly add the eggs to the passionfruit mix whisking all the time.

Continue cooking for a few minutes whilst whisking once the mixture is smooth stir with a wooden spoon while cooking until the mixture becomes thick and coats the back of your spoon…A pouring cream consistency then remove the pan from the heat allow to cool slightly before putting in lidded jars. Once cool store in the fridge… it will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks if it lasts that long…

Note. Because egg sizes may vary, if you find the mixture is too runny (slides of your spoon very easily) whisk in another egg and also add a tbsp of butter. The butter helps thicken the mixture to a lemon curd consistency.

Honey Bees:
I am so excited as my honey bees are still busy nest building, I am not sure how long it takes before I can remove the honeycomb or whether I should… I am beginning to feel guilty…. I am now looking at ways to make my garden more bee friendly.

I think by now most of us realise that the reduction and killing of bees will serve as a death knell for the ecosystem…What can we do? We can plant our gardens with plants and flowers which attract bees.

To attract honey bees, start by planting single-petal flowers with yellow, white, blue, and purple blooms in your yard. You can also plant bee-friendly herbs like rosemary, lavender, sage, and thyme.

Next, stop using pesticides on your lawn and let the foliage grow a little wild to provide shelter for the bees…

We have now changed to using Neem Oil for pest control...What is Neem Oil?

Neem Oil is a naturally occurring pesticide found in seeds from the neem tree…It is yellow to brown in colour, has a bitter taste and a garlic/sulphur smell.

What insects does neem oil kill?

Neem oil kills or repels many harmful insects and mites, including aphids, whiteflies, snails, nematodes, mealybugs, cabbage worms, gnats, moths, cockroaches, flies, termites, mosquitoes, and scale. It kills some bugs outright, attacks the larvae of others, and repels plant munchers with its bitter taste.

Back to the subject of bees…Did you know?

Beehives are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid pace, and this isn’t just affecting our honey supply. Without bees, a whole lot of the food we eat wouldn’t exist anymore; produce such as almonds and cherries, for instance, are dependent on bee pollination to grow. Bee disappearances are partially due to pesticides and mites, but climate change is also a big factor…

Read the article: Man invents home-made beehive to save Bees

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Today let’s relook at waste in our own homes…

Textiles cause environmental problems those glittery tops and dresses when washed all go into the water system and those clothes you recycle often go to landfills and because they are sewed with plastic threads etc they don’t decompose very quickly…Thinking about tossing old clothes in the bin? Don’t. Not even if it’s shredded, stained or no longer on-trend.
You know those old nylon tights you used to wear to the gym back in the day? Chucking them in the bin for being smelly and stretched out of recognition involves taking 30 to 40 years to decompose.

Mail…Do you get a lot of unwanted mail? Check subscription lists and unsubscribe…Save trees… More importantly, if your letterbox can take that much mail could someone get an arm through and access your home?

Image by bluebudgie from Pixabay

Now for a recap on projects I started a while ago and the results starting with my Apple Cider Vinegar:

I filled my glass jar ¾ full with apple scraps and then covered them with water… 1 cup of water to 1 tbsp of sugar I used raw sugar.

This needs to be left on a dark shelf, on top of the fridge is where I left mine for two weeks make sure the apples are submerged at all times…I stirred it daily.

After the 2 weeks strain the apple scraps and compost them or feed the chooks and then recover the jar and leave for another 2-4 weeks…fizz or bubbles is good as you know the ferment is working.

You will know when it is ready as it will have that unmistakable vinegary taste and smell…

The result: Not quite as astringent as ACV which I have previously purchased but I like it…Iam going to use different apples next time to see if it makes a difference the home made one is not as clear as the manufactured ones but it does look similar to the Cornwall’s one which I used to be able to buy here…cloudy is good and if it grows a Scoby(mother) that is even better as you can use it for your next batch.

Some recipes recommend starting with a cup of ACV to kick start the process a little quicker.

Reef Shampoo Bar...I have been using it for a good 4 weeks plus now and I like it…my hair is soft without using conditioner I find it easier to rub the soap bar directly onto my hair rather than my hands and I get a little more foam…

The only downside is that the bar is quite soft it may be the coconut oil but I have to keep it in the fridge but then it is hot and humid here and my coconut oil is always liquid where I know for some of you it is white and a soft solid.

I will definitely continue to use it knowing it doesn’t hurt the little fishes.

What’s New?

Hair Conditioning Bar…

Lily will be my tester for this as she has quite fine hair which knots easily so needs a conditioner…This one is called Foamie…
• 0% parabens, silicones, sulphates, microplastics, nano particles
• 100% plastic free, vegan and cruelty free.
• Dermatologically tested.
• Ergonomic design for easy use.

They do two one for normal hair which contains coconut oil and one for damaged with Hibiscus.

I am still waiting for this to arrive so will update you next month.

I use a washing detergent which is eco-friendly, thus I have decided to make my own fabric conditioner(another) plastic bottle banished…

As I had a surplus of Lemongrass, I decided to make my own essential oil…

Ingredients:

• 10 stalks of lemongrass
• Olive oil to cover the lemongrass.

Cut the lemon grass into small pieces about an inch long. You may have noticed I didn’t use the green leaves only because when they picked them from the farm they kindly prepared them for me however there is oil in the leaves which when I make again I will use. Pound your lemon grass in a pestle and mortar to release the oils.

Cover the lemongrass with Olive oil or carrier oil of your choice.

Heat a saucepan with water you will be heating this over water bit make sure no water gets into the oil. I used my rice steamer basket which just held my glass dish nicely but heated it without the lid as the lid produce water droplets and we don’t want water in our oil.

Gently steam for about an hour stirring occasionally. The smell of lemon grass filled the house such a lovely smell.

Allow to cool a little then strain through a fine sieve with a muslin cloth then pour into a bottle and keep in a dark corner…I also lightly crushed 2 stalks of lemon grass and added to my bottle.

This link has three recipes for fabric conditioner I made the liquid one (number)3…which combines warm water, baking soda, vinegar and my essential oil…

Results next month.

I am sure my in-house testers will have something to say if it’s not doing the job…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol 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 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 – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another wonderful column and I so appreciate the work that goes into creating them each month. do head over to her blog to follow her informative and entertaining posts every week…. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 8th – 14th August – Minnie Riperton, The Green Kitchen, Stories, Reviews, Kidney Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord

I hope that you have all had a good week. Mixed weather here but compared to some of the fires in Southern Europe due to the extreme heat, we have no complaints.

David is busy building me a new computer with all the up to date wizardry, including a stable version of Windows 10 that he configures like Windows 7 as he knows I prefer it. Over the years he has built many and saved a fortune.. buys the components and a box and instead of a one size fits all it is custom made to our requirements. He also removes some of the unnecessary bells and whistles we don’t need and just slow everything up as well as track your every key stroke. Not to mention creating a sound-proofed studio for my podcasts.

There is not much he can’t do around the house, garden and computers to be honest…I certainly would not have published any of my books without his expertise..and so I think I’ll l hang on to him… it is early days yet, just 41 years on September 16th but I am warming to him lol…❤ ❤

 

My thanks as always to William Price King, currently on a break, for co-presenting the Breakfast Show with me,  Carol Taylor for her fantastic Green Kitchen keeping us informed, entertained and well-fed, Debby Gies for finding great funnies for The Laughter Lines and this week Malcolm Allen in Australia for the Friday funnies extra.

And my thanks to you for dropping by, reading the posts, liking, commenting and sharing… it is very much appreciated.

On with the show….

Chart Hits 1975 Part Two – Minnie Riperton, Queen, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – August 2021 -Bamboo Toilet Paper, Cream Cheese Bread, Conservation, Grow Your Own, Shampoo Bar.,

What’s in a Name? – Volume One – Hannah – Finding a way to move on! by Sally Cronin

What’s in a Name? – Volume One – Hector – The Homecoming

Not So Fair at the County Fair by Marlene Mesot

-#Freeform – Key Words by Sally Cronin

New review #WW2 – The Home Front: 1939–1945 in 100 Objects by Austin J. Ruddy

Book Reviews Rewind – #Short Stories–Undercover Crime Shorts by Jane Risdon

Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy – Soul Swallowers (The Shattered Sea Book 1) by D.Wallace Peach

Book Marketing and PR for authors – Branding your Blog or your Writing by Sally Cronin

Author Sharon Marchisello and her guest Mark Lee Myers

The Immune System and How it Works by Sally Cronin

Family Health – The Kidneys and Urinary Tract Heath – Eating Plan by Sally Cronin

– The Immune System – Your role in its efficiency by Sally Cronin

Carmen, Gypsy, Spanish Woman, Dancer, Girl, Rose, Red

Thank you Betty Lavington from Sally aged Seventeen – #Drama #Influencers by Sally Cronin

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Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room Special – How books can make a difference – Cameroon School for the Deaf – Supported by Dawn Doig

– #Reviews – #Princess Wanda Luthman, #Historical Antoinette Truglio Martin

New Book on the Shelves – #Historical #WW2 – Over the Hedge by Paulette Mahurin

New Book on the Shelves – #Contemporary #Romance – Island Ties by Christine Campbell

#Reviews – #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Historical Margaret Skea

#Reviews – #Hispanic #ComingofAge Nancy Blodgett Klein, #Mystery #Thriller Susanne Leist, #Poetry Elizabeth Merry

#Suspense Joan Hall, #Memoir Karen Ingalls, #Poetry Jude Itakali

Monday 9th August #Reviews by- D.G. Kaye, Jan Sikes and Terry Tyler

Wednesday August 11th 2021 – #Blogging Hugh Roberts, #Author Interview Allan Hudson with Ritu Bhathal, #Guest Marcia Meara with Vali Benson

Thursday August 12th 2021 – #Blogsupport Michael of OIKOS™- Art, Books & more

August 10th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Language and Wonder Diet

August 12th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Synchronization and Squirrels!

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – August 13th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Stars and Cunning Predators

 

Thanks very much for joining me today and I hope you have an amazing weekend…Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – August 2021 -Bamboo Toilet Paper, Cream Cheese Bread, Conservation, Grow Your Own, Shampoo Bar.,


Good morning and welcome to the August edition of my Green Kitchen… Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

Plastic Free July is over…for all of you who have participated and cut down your plastic waste… give yourself a big pat on the back… Plastic Free July has made me refocus…it has made me aware of just how much plastic waste we generate as a household and made me look at how much of that could be recycled and isn’t here where I live…

Nothing I can personally do about that …which has made me think about what I can do and where I can make changes…

My idea about using small cloths instead of toilet paper…although I did point out that the bum gun was to clean and the cloth to dry…the menfolk here were less than co-operative…which meant at the end of the day we all live here and changes happen quicker and are sustained if everyone is on board…

Also know I don’t give up…hehe

Take 2…

Bamboo toilet paper…Bamboo is sustainable and fast growing plus bamboo toilet paper comes in a cardboard box or wrapped in paper or a fully compostable wrapper. No plastic in sight…Plus it’s kinder to the plumbing its biodegradable and septic tank friendly.

The downside as you see was there was no way I could attach to the loo roll holder not to be daunted I purchased some lovely bamboo containers.

The bamboo tissue is tough and soft not at all flimsy only comes in the one unbleached colour but it is an ok colour a pale beige…

No complaint for the men either…which means this is a great success no trees were used plus its bye bye to plastic and bleaching.

The cost…I think it is comparable it may cost a few baht more but nothing major…

I have also discovered that it is available to buy around the world.. Here is the link for my US friends and For my UK friends

Also, as you know another solution from the consumer is cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, far better for the environment and it does ensure that the food you make for your family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…

I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

This Month’s Recipe...Cream Cheese Bread…

This is a lovely bread which just pulls apart..

Ingredients:

• 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• Scant ¼ cup sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 ¼ tsp instant yeast
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 cup milk
• 1/3 cup softened cream cheese.
• ¼ cup melted butter

Let’s Bake!

Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast then add the beaten egg, milk, and cream cheese mix until dough forms then cover and rest for 20 mins.

Then mix in your melted butter flex those muscles and give your arms a good workout knead until the dough is elastic then shape into a round shaped ball put in an oiled bowl and leave to rise for 1 hour.

Punch out the gas and divide the dough into two.

Flatten and roll into a rectangle shape then roll the dough tightly lengthways and pinch the edges to seal. Cut into 8 evenly sized pieces.

Put into a rectangular dish or loaf tin…mine was approx 10 x 8.

Cover and rest for 45 minutes…Then brush with egg wash and bake on 180C/350F for 25-30 minutes.

The verdict...it was a nice textured bread which I will cook for a little longer next time although the colour was darker than in my image …photography is not my forte…sigh.

Next time I bake a batch of these I will roll with some brown sugar and cinnamon or jam and some berries…I will also experiment with some different flour add some whole meal maybe like I do with trusty sandwich loaf.

But definitely a recipe I would make again…

Growing Your Own: I am so excited as I have honey bees and they are still here after 2 weeks so guessing as I am not an expert that they are here to build a nest and not just resting…I am looking forward to some lovely honeycomb…I just need a man who can…

As for growing my own…we are learning (fast) we have had to erect some cages to stop the birds as they stripped my long pepper plant…the plus side is it is sprouting new little peppers… sometimes called Indian long pepper or pipli.

The oldest known reference to long pepper comes from ancient Indian textbooks of Ayurveda, where its medicinal and dietary uses are described in detail.

I am looking forward to cooking with these long peppers and am searching for some recipes as it’s not a pepper I have cooked with before …If any you have, please share your recipe as I love a recipe which is tried and tested…from my research it seems to point to Indonesian and Malaysia which will be starting point for recipes.

I love trees and fruit trees which sometimes take a while to establish and fruit hence I am looking at air pots as also if I move it will be easier to take them with me…it also sounds as if they help to grow a better root structure and the fruit yield seems to be higher…

Research has shown that Air-Pot grown trees absorb up to 75% more CO2 than those grown in conventional containers. They also continue to to grow 40% faster after they have been planted in the landscape. … “The Air-Pot container’s reusability makes the growing process much more sustainable.

Conservation Corner…

I have been very heartened by much that is happening in the world how people are really thinking how they can make a difference..Great Barrier Reef

Intervention could buy 20 years for the declining Great Barrier Reef…which is really good news. The great Barrier Reef is very important to our survival as are all the seas and its flora and fauna.

Update…Apple Cider Vinegar.

My apple cider vinegar is now strained and bottled I am just waiting for it to mature and then I will put it in the fridge but it’s looking good and smelling good another week I reckon.

I will probably give it another strain through some muslin although the ACV that I used to be able to buy from here was an Australian one and looked very similar with the sediment in the bottom…I will give you the completed recipe next month with our verdict on Homemade ACV…

My next change in the fight against plastic has been to buy a bar of shampoo which is Reef safe which means whatever goes down the drain will not affect the little fishes…it is biodegradable and sulphate free…everything about it is said to be eco-friendly…so far so good it seemed quite soft when it arrived so I put it in the fridge which although still soft it is nowhere near as soft…

A reddish-brown colour (which) I hope doesn’t colour my hair…it says it softens but I never use conditioner anyway my hair although thick has always been quite soft…I don’t have any scalp problems so I am starting using it from a good position methinks…I will use it for a few weeks and let you know…

Another area of waste is clothing…

Fast Fashion comes at an astonishing environmental and social cost  While the impacts of the fashion industry in terms of pollution, water use, carbon emissions, human rights, and gender inequality are increasing, the need for a shift to sustainable fashion is evident. Organizations in Geneva and beyond are joining efforts to shift the fashion economy and foster international cooperation on the issue.

This subject is one I have thought much about lately personally I think the industry plus the consumer need a big reset…we are a throwaway society plus we love a bargain and these cheap factory outlets fuel that passion…in order to address everything which is wrong is a mammoth task…I welcome any thoughts on this…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol 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 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 – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another fascinating post about how we can make a big difference to our health and that of the environment.. do head over to her blog to follow her wonderful posts every week…. thanks Sally. 

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation.


Good morning and welcome to the July’s edition of my Green Kitchen… Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

Plastic Free July…Be the Change and Join me and  sign up here.

I would like to say “well done” to those of you who are well on the way to a plastic free home and some have been raised where the reliance was not on using plastic which is great while others it’s all they have known and to sign up for a challenge gives focus…I signed up not to give me focus but to give me ideas maybe something I could do but didn’t know how or hadn’t even thought about.

I have also come to realise that around the world recycling is different …some countries seem to be more advanced with their technology as many plastics need specialised machinery or facilities to enable recycling.

Take France for example 16 billion pots of yoghurt or fresh dairy products are sold and consumed every year BUT only 30% of this packaging can currently be recycled.

That is shocking and manufacturers should be taken to task and be required to produce pots which can be easily recycled and not require specialised facilities or machinery if they can’t they should bear the cost…Governments need to get tough.

One solution from the consumer is cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, far better for the environment and it does ensure that the food you make for your family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…

I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

This Month’s Recipe… Buttermilk Bread…

Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups of lukewarm water.
• 1 cup of Buttermilk.
• 1 tbsp quick yeast.
• 1 tbsp salt
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 6 1/2 cups of unbleached bread flour.

Let’s Bake!

  • Mix water, buttermilk, yeast, salt, sugar in a bowl. Add the flour. No need to knead…
  • Just combine all the ingredients together. Lightly cover the bowl and leave to rest/rise for 2 hrs.

The bonus of living here is dough rises quickly…I love using yeast now.

  • You can use the dough immediately, store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
  • If you are using now preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Dust the dough with flour and very lightly knead, shape into a round. Cover and rest for 90 minutes.
  • Oh, and I made a cut into the top of my dough just like a cross.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for approx 40 minutes until golden brown and delicious.
  • Remove from the oven and brush the top with melted butter.
  • Leave to cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

Did you know?

It’s a given that processed foods can save you a little time. But what you gain in convenience, you lose in money, environmental impact and maybe even health.

That’s because processed foods require more labour to convert them from their natural state to something that fits in a box, bag or tub.

You’re also paying for the chemicals added to the processed food to keep them fresh.

You’re paying for the packaging, too, which is totally worthless once you get it home.

Indeed, $1 out of every $11 you spend at the grocery store you spend on packaging you throw away.

Buying bulk…dried goods is one way to reduce packaging…again this varies around the world and for me buying foodstuffs spanning two entirely different cultures is more difficult…

I have no chance of buying pasta/cereals loose but I can buy rice, flour, dried fish, dried fruits, nuts, lentils and pulses, dried mushrooms…my answer is that where I can I buy the biggest pack available which means one bag/packet rather than 4 which go in the waste…I try to reduce my waste any which way I can which is why I say it is individual and down much of time to where you live…Please don’t beat yourself up about what you can’t do but celebrate what you can do…

Stuff Them…

My mother used to stuff a marrow with mincemeat flavoured with onions, carrots and some herbs I have done it occasionally in the past but I think it is more popular now to make your vegetables the star of a dish by stuffing them with something even more delicious like seasoned rice, some cheese, bacon and fresh herbs it can make those veggies sing and even the kids will eat them. Stuffed peppers are a popular option, but you can also hollow out and stuff eggplants, zucchinis, mushrooms, squash, potatoes, and artichokes.

Here is a tasty quick recipe for button mushrooms…

Ingredients

• ¼ cup breadcrumbs
• ¼ cup grated Pecorino-Romano
• 2 Tbsp shredded mozzarella
• 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tsp chopped fresh mint
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 4 Tbsp olive oil
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 36 white button mushrooms (about 1 1/2 lbs), stemmed

Let’s Cook!

  • Combine the breadcrumbs, Pecorino-Romano, mozzarella, parsley, mint, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl and toss to blend.
  • Toss the mushrooms with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl and arrange on a small baking sheet or plate with the cavities facing up. Divide the breadcrumb mixture among the mushrooms, filling the cavities and pressing down gently to secure.
  • Place the mushrooms in a single layer on a baking try lightly sprayed with oil. Put in a pre-heated oven 180 F and cook until the filling is bubbling and browned, about 15 minutes depending on your oven.

Growing Your Own: When your space is limited… Lettuce, Cucumber and Peas…

3 Vegetables Easy to Grow in Hanging Baskets 🥒☀️🥬

Conservation Corner…

I have been very heartened by much that is happening in the world how people are really thinking how they can make a difference…

Scheduled to be demolished…A bridge over the Mississippi River the I 180 …I think this is a great idea for the Bison, the environment as to demolish that bridge would be an enormous undertaking and costly…

Business owners and leaders weigh in on Bison Bridge proposal

Along with saving Illinois millions in demolition costs, city authorities and regional planners hope re-purposing Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge on the I-80 will draw tourists to a part of the country where the population hasn’t risen in 30 years.

I hate waste and am always on the lookout to utilise what I can…my current project entails apple skins and cores I am having ago at making my own Apple Cider Vinegar…

I have started by collecting Apple peels, cores and any browning/discoloured flesh but not rotten or mouldy flesh from pesticide-free apples I make sure of that by cleaning the skin thoroughly before I peel my apple what you need is (approx 6 large apples) and a quart sized jar…

Today the day…I started my Apple cider Vinegar…I filled my glass jar ¾ full with apple scraps and then covered them with water… 1 cup of water to 1 tbsp of sugar I used raw sugar.

This needs to be left on a dark shelf, on top of the fridge is where mine is going for two weeks…It can be stirred every two days if you like.

After the 2 weeks you strain the apple scraps and compost them or feed the chooks and then recover the jar and leave for another 2-4 weeks…

You will know when it is ready as it will have that unmistakable vinegary taste and smell…I can’t wait to see how it turns out…

Another area of waste is furnishings and furniture ...In the UK over 20 million pieces of furniture/furnishings are discarded annually and only a fraction of that is discarded…90% end up in landfill…

How often do you replace your cushions? They can change the look of a room or a bed but what do you do with old ones?

If you have cushions with a removable cover then maybe you don’t need to swap as often but sometimes you see a cushion cover and it’s the wrong size or many cushions now are all in one …

I think this is a great idea as I love new cushions…Cushion Swap has arrived…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol 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 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 – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another fascinating post about how we can make a big difference to our health and that of the environment.. do head over to her blog to follow her and take your appetite… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 6th – 12th 2021 – 1970s hits, Narcissism, Green Kitchen, Humour, Health, Pets, Book and Author Promotions.


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope that the week has been good for you.. nothing very exciting to report from our neck of the woods except that I will be having my first official haircut on Monday after almost a year of hacking it myself in the front and David using clippers on the back.. To be hones wearing a mask in public I am sure nobody noticed but it will be great to have some shape back in it… that is if my hairdresser is still talking to me!

I am just about to head out to the garden with books and music to catch some rays… the promised tropical air mass is hovering over us for the next couple of days. I believe the temperature is going up to 17 C (62F) degrees and I am concerned that I might become overheated!!

With that in mind and the window of opportunity rather small….time to get on with the posts.

My great thanks to the contributors this week.. William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor and Daniel Kemp... they add so much to the blog and it would not be the same without them.

And of course to you for your ongoing support during the week and for keeping me motivated.

Chart Hits 1971 Part One – Ike and Tina Turner, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones 

Relationships Rewind -Envy, Jealousy, Bullying – A Path to Narcissism? 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – June 2021 – Dutch Oven Bread, Kale, Home Grown Pea Shoots, Fishing Nets, Neighbours. 

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Brian – The Birthright  

Chapter Five – Trouble in Paradise – Part one 

#CrownCinquain – Life’s Progression  

#Mystery #Paranormal – The Light (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4) by Marcia Meara 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Fantasy – Allies and Spies (Unraveling the Veil Book 2) by D.Wallace Peach… 

Part Two – Author Biographies -Tips and Translations 

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Kennel Cough – Hygiene is as important for dogs as humans  

A-Z of common conditions – Athlete’s Foot  

3 Reasons to Create a Facebook Group by J.Q. Rose 

#Paranormal John W. Howell, #Poetry Anita Dawes, #WWII Paulette Mahurin 

#Thriller Allan Hudson, #Relationships M.C.V. Egan, #Fantasy Jean Lee 

Memoir Marian Longenecker Beaman, #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Memoir Patty Fletcher 

Hugh W. Roberts

Monday June 7th 2021 – #Food #Environment Carol Taylor, #Blogging #Interview Hugh W. Roberts, #Poetry Colleen Chesebro 

Tuesday 8th June 2021 – Entertaining Again? #Recipes Dolly Aizenman, Eat Dessert First, Dorothy of New Vintage Kitchen. 

Wednesday 9th June 2021 – #Newhome Ritu Bhathal, #Reviews Jan Sikes, #Writing D.L. Finn 

Thursday June 10th 2021 – #Children #HandWriting Robbie Cheadle, #BetaReaders Richard Dee, #Guest C.S. Boyack with D.L. Finn 

#Fantasy – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach 

#Contemporary – Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin 

#Safety Miriam Hurdle, #Malta Darlene Foster, #Environment Kathleen Jae 

June 8th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Catnip and Groaners 

June 10th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Twins and more Groaners 

June 11th 2021 – Anniversary Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Carbolic Soap and It could be worse 

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and for all your support.. I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – June 2021 – Dutch Oven Bread, Kale, Home Grown Pea Shoots, Fishing Nets, Neighbours.


Good morning and welcome to the June’s edition of my Green Kitchen… I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am to be back with a brand- new column at Smorgasbord Magazine… and how welcome you are making me feel.

Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

I am passionate about cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, the environment and ensuring that the food I make for my family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

Roasting Pan, Dutch Oven, Pot, Lid, Chicks, Cast Iron

This Month’s Recipe… Crock Pot or Dutch Oven Bread…

This loaf was cooked in a Dutch oven and I was pleasantly surprised how much the crust was like ones I have purchased in bakeries. This is a white loaf using unbleached flour but you can substitute other flours just be aware that you may have to adjust your liquid.

My hubby prefers white bread and I make it as healthy as I can by keeping an eye on salt and sugar ratio’s but as he has an otherwise healthy diet, I don’t push the point but do add wholewheat flour where I can and in the main, he doesn’t notice…

Probably from the steam produced using the Dutch oven method…

Ingredients:

• 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 1/4 tsp of rapid yeast
• 2 cups of lukewarm water
• 1 tsp of olive oil.

Let’s Bake!

In a large bowl add the flour and salt whisk to combine.

Make a well and add the rapid yeast granules and the lukewarm water then with wet hands bring the mix together. If it is too sticky add a little more flour and likewise if too dry add a little more water a tsp at a time…This will vary as it depends on the flour used.

Cover and leave in a warm spot to double in size again this depends on the temperature where you live it can be anything from a 1hr to 1 1/2 hours…if it is very warm mine takes a little less time.

Once risen using your hand or a dough scraper work the dough loose from the sides and working around the edge bring the sides to the middle.

Cover and leave to double in size again about 1 hour it rises slightly quicker this time.

Once risen transfer to a lightly floured surface sprinkle the top with a little flour and shape and fold the dough under itself several times then pinch the seams together. Coat your bowl with the olive oil and put the dough in the bowl cover and leave the dough to rise once again.

Then put on the oven and set the heat at 230C/450F and put your Dutch oven into the oven to heat up for 45-1n hr. By the time this has heated your dough should have risen.

NOW VERY CAREFULLY REMOVE THE HOT DUTCH OVEN ONTO A TRIVETT…It is hot then turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface and carefully put in the Dutch oven.

I will admit to asking for a helping hand if one is available but having made a few of these I am finding as we do …how to do it safely…Trial and error…sigh

Put the pot back into the oven and cook for 45 minutes then carefully remove the lid and cook for a further 15-30 minutes …

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 15 mins before slicing and enjoy…Happy Bread making..xx

Did you know?

It’s a given that processed foods can save you a little time. But what you gain in convenience, you lose in money, environmental impact and maybe even health.

That’s because processed foods require more labour to convert them from their natural state to something that fits in a box, bag or tub.

You’re also paying for the chemicals added to the processed food to keep them fresh.

You’re paying for the packaging, too, which is totally worthless once you get it home. Indeed, $1 out of every $11 you spend at the grocery store you spend on packaging you throw away.

Yvette from the Blog Priorhouse blog made me aware of this …Subway sandwiches are not something I have eaten, but I know my kids have/do and this franchise was taken to court…The court ruled there was too much sugar in their bread and it should be called cake.Washington Post Lifestyle Wellness Subway Bread Sugar

An important reminder that we should be aware of how food manufacturers are training OUR palates to not notice how sweet foods really are… as we all know if we cut down on something after a few weeks how pronounced that flavour is and the worlds palates are trained to expect sweetness.

Kale…

I love a massage and massage shops are on every corner here…I come away feeling so much lighter in body and in spirit…What has that got to do with Kale you ask? Kale as you know is very good for us…packed with nutrients and vitamins we are encouraged to eat it, drink the juice add to our stir fries…How can we make it just that little less bitter and soften, lighter…

Greens, such as kale, cabbage, or Swiss chard, can have a bitter taste to them, especially if eaten raw. To prevent this, massage them with a little salt, oil, or dressing. Massaging kale breaks down the tough cell structure and makes it softer, less bitter, and easier to digest. Just drizzle it with some oil or dressing and a little salt, then use your hands to literally massage it into the leaves. You’ll feel them break down and become softer as you go.

Growing Your Own: Pea Shoots.

Delicious in stir fry’s and salads you can grow them on a sunny window sill…using whole dried peas, you find in your supermarket or local shop.

  • To activate the dried peas and get the best results, you’ll need to soak them overnight in water.
  • The next day, drain the peas and sprinkle them into a container lined with a layer of compost (around 3cm thick) and cover with a 1cm layer of compost.
  • Place the container on a sunny windowsill, and within a few days they will start to sprout.
  • After about six days, the shoots will be big enough to cut and enjoy. Be careful not to let them grow too big, otherwise they start to taste bitter.

Cooks Tip… The pea shoots will grow back again for a second time after you’ve cut them, so keep them on your windowsill for ongoing greens.

Conservation Corner…

I have been very heartened by much that is happening in the world how people are really thinking how they can make a difference…The Sea is something which does concern me as it is vital to our survival…The beaches and seas surrounding Thailand are very beautiful BUT the seas are being drowned in plastic pollution.

Fishing nets are also a great hazard not only to coral reefs but to tortoises and turtles and other marine life they are strangling the seas and the sea life…

The undersea divers call them “ghost Nets”

Net Free Seas, a project that fetches used nets and turns them into plastic products in this case meeting the burgeoning demand for protective gear like face shields to guard against the pandemic.

It aims to prove that protecting sea creatures can be commercially viable in Thailand, one of the world’s biggest producers of ocean waste.

The initiative also comes in the wake of growing local outcry over the lethal effects of plastic and marine life.

Covid-19…has rampaged through the world…many have unfortunately died, many have lost their jobs, schools have had to close…BUT there have been positives… a negative which has turned into a positive…

I think one of the positives is we have got to know our neighbours…quarantined in our homes many people are doing what our mothers used to do and are chatting over garden fences…on our solitary walks we may have found local beauty spots which are more beautiful than foreign beaches… Discovered that local farmers grow better and cheaper food than that which is shipped (with the associated harm to the climate) across the globe.

Last month I told you that as I hate waste and am always on the lookout to utilise what I can…my current project entails saving and freezing any apple skins and cores so I can have ago at making my own Apple Cider Vinegar…

My apologises that there will not be the planned update today but there will be next month.

As covid has increased where I live, we have self-quarantined ourselves and the market where I buy apples has been closed because of covid so any fruit we eat is confined to what is on my trees…Jackfruit, mangoes, bananas and pomegranates…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol 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 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 – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another fascinating post about how we can make a big difference to our health and that of the environment.. do head over to her blog to follow her and take your appetite… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – May 9th – 15th 2021 – 1960s hits, Grief, Green Kitchen, Health, Stories, Poetry, books, reviews and funnies


Welcome to the weekly round up with some posts you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are all well… I know that like us here restrictions are being lifted in many countries although In Ireland there is going to be a slow roll out depending on any upsurge in cases.

The big news here is that overnight on Thursday criminals hacked the health service which is now offline which has resulted in the cancellation of thousands of appointments and more seriously life-saving operations. The government stance is that they will not pay any ransom and so as of this moment it appears that we are at an impasse. We all know that these parasites are out there, but to do this when all countries and their populations are at their most vulnerable is heinous.  All I can do is wish them everything they wish upon others!

This means that despite assurances that the vaccination programme will be unaffected, it probably will be. So no idea when I will be getting my first…

On a brighter note, and thankfully there usually is one…the sun popped out periodically during the week and took some time off for some badly needed fresh air and a Vitamin D boost.

Also as always, I am very grateful to my friends and co-conspirators this week William Price King co-hosting the Breakfast Show with me with some more 1960s music, D.G. Kaye with her new May relationship column exploring the impact of grief on our lives, and some funnies to keep us smiling, Carol Taylor with The Green Kitchen… and if you love soft dinner rolls…dig in.. And last but not least Daniel Kemp who shared his special brand of humour a the Open Mic Night.

Fantastic and talented friends.

On with the shows from the week.

Chart Hits 1969 – Part One – Sly The Family Stone, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Rolling Stones and Bobby Gentry

May 2021 – The #Grief Process

May 2021 – Dinner Rolls, Chillies, Recycled Face Masks, Grow Spring onions, make Apple Cider Vinegar – Waste Not, Want Not.. 

Winter: Chapter Twenty-one – The First Christmas 

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Chapter One – The Guardians 

Two poems this week….

-#CrapseyCinquain -Existence by Sally Cronin 

#BadgerHexastich – Yearning by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Book Review – Free Ebook – #Cookery #Culture – Ένα γλυκό βιβλίapaki – A “Sweet” Book. Eat Dessert First Greece 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery #Paranormal – Harbinger (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3) by Marcia Meara 

Family Health A-Z – Allergies and Intolerances – Part Two – – #Dairy #Leaky Gut 

– CROSSROADS (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose by Jude Itakali 

#Historical #Romance Lubelia Alycea: One Hundred Years by J.E. Spina 

#Thriller Death Between the Tables (Old Manse Mysteries Book 2) by Alexa Bowie

The Click of a Pebble: Tryst with the Devil (Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 1) by [Barbara Spencer]

#Fantasy – The Click of a Pebble Tryst with the Devil (Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 1) by Barbara Spencer

Reluctant Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by [G G Collins]

#Psychic #Thriller Reluctant Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by G G Collins 

#Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Biography #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Poetry D.L. Finn. 

#Humour – Let Marcia Meara lift your spirits.

#Humor/Humour by Leon Stevens 

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#Wine – Recent News from the World of Wine Forgery by Carol A. Seidl 

#BookReview – Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by Sir David Attenborough by Jemima Pett 

Monday 10th May 2021 – #Poetry #Trees Rebecca Budd, #SnailMail Pamela Wight, #BookReviews Jan Sikes

Tuesday May 11th 2021 – #Review D.G. Kaye, #ReadingAloud Jennie Fitzkee, #DogBooks Jacqui Murray 

Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Filmreview Beetley Pete, #BookReview Olga Nunez Miret, #Gingercake Elizabeth Merry, 

May 11th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Brussel Sprouts and Holidays 

May 13th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Exodus and Mary Poppins 

– May 14th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – The Month of May and Chickens 

 

Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement…I hope you will join us again next week.