Monthly Archives: September 2016

Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional!

Well this is my second ever blog and Lily will be 4 in November so nearly 2 years ago now….So much has happened since then our 2nd Anthology is out and my novel on it’s way… I am writing for 2 other websites as well so a lot busier…A trip down memory lane ,I used to have a quote as a header and no longer do but some of the quotes I used I just love and have been wondering whether to do that again.?????..So for those of you who haven’t been with me from the beginning this is my 2nd blog…… for those of you who.have…I thank you…Love you all xxx

Retired? No one told me!

Well that’s the 1st one over and done with. Now I am asking myself how do I follow that?
You could hear a pin drop here.
My little granddaughter who is 2 years old on the 17th is in Sakon Nakon with her mummy to help her other nannie with gathering in the rice. A yearly ritual, plus side for me is I will get some lovely fresh young rice when she comes home.Lily nov 2014

Big brother is in Udon Thani visiting his mother which we did plan to do…. but sleeping Thai style on the floor …nooo my old bones would have seriously complained so we passed on that one.
Give me time to write in peace was my 1st thought.
Lots to edit from the writers retreat 2 weeks ago. If you ever get the opportunity to retreat..take was amazing. Listening to the other very talented writers I…

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Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice

Guess what we are having for dinner? This sounds lovely 🙂

Joann's Food For Thought

cilantro-lime-chicken-and-rice-platedI love a one pot dish. Less mess, less to clean. So keep it simple and stop there I tell myself. But alas, I always have to go an extra step. Why not make an avocado cilantro dressing to garnish this chicken with? You could make a double batch of the dressing and save the extra for your salads. If you are going to give yourself extra things to clean, might as well make it worth your while. Plus you have half an avocado left to use. Just saying….


  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or broth)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, reserve a teaspoon for garnish
  • juice of 2 limes


  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon…

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It’s Here

It’s here …Book 2 ” Pictures of Deceit and I can’t wait to read it…. If it is as great a read as ” The Community” then it surely will not disappoint.Well done Steph great work x

S C Richmond

Pictures Of Deceit has just gone live on Kindle. Whilst the paperback will be a week away on Amazon here is the Kindle version just sitting there waiting to be read.

This is the second book where Alex Price, local journalist, goes into action again to find the answers and track down the bad guys.

If you haven’t read The Community yet, just click the link.


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Orange and chocolate friands

Now who doesn’t have egg whites in their freezer …Great Post and great use of egg whites…I get fed up with meringue..Don’t you? Thanx Glenda

Passion Fruit Garden


The egg white situation is out of control.  At last count, I had 34 in my freezer!  I don’t know how it happens. I don’t feel like I make that much custard, although, …

I did make a passionfruit tart the other day which contributed 12 egg whites to the collection.  EllaDee was visiting so I thought I would make something special.  One has to impress fellow bloggers, doesn’t one?

Well, things went astray from the beginning.  I am a star pastry case maker, if I say so myself, so you can imagine my surprise as I watched the sides of my pastry case wobble and collapse.  “Oh, well,” I thought, “I will make another one, this time in a tin with higher sides.”  Of course, I am in Bridgetown and the tin I wanted was in Perth.  I ended up using a tin with sides much higher than I needed.

Then, when I went to make the filling on the morning of EllaDee’s visit, I…

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Cabbage Vepudu (Indian Fried Cabbage)

What a lovely different way to spice up the humble cabbage 🙂

The Soup Diva

  • 12-16 oz shredded cabbage*
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried coriander (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Heat oil or ghee in large skillet or wok. Add garlic and all spices except salt. When garlic has had time to soften, add cabbage and sprinkle with salt. Stir well, allowing cabbage to cook down to desired tenderness. Serve hot.
*(Note: This batch was made with one bag of pre-shredded cole slaw mix; that’s where there are carrots. They added a nice sweetness and color!)

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Something About Believing

I think this covers most of what good people believe..Great Post Tony 🙂

The Tony Burgess Blog

I believe in the creator of the heavens and our Earth. I believe in utopia. I believe in peace and tranquility. I believe in those who march to the beat of their own drummer. I believe in the Eucharist. I believe in the person who chooses to love who they choose to love bravely. I believe in the black sheep. I believe in the Trinity. I believe in my wife, my family, my comrades. I believe in the heroic and sometimes the heretic. I believe in my home and native city. I choose to believe in many things and to have faith in the things seen and unseen. Namaste, Shalom, Salam, Amen.

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Life in a cardboard box! The Chocolate Run!


This post was prompted by a friend of mine who wrote a post about poverty in foreign climes and it was a great post, sympathetically, written, backed up by a beautiful video and pictures. It tore at my heart -strings and rightly so.

It did however bring back memories for me when a good few years ago I was asked by a very dear ( now departed) friend to join her and some others on ” The Chocolate Run”

The name ‘Chocolate Run’ was coined because the charity  set up over 40 years ago to provide hot chocolate drinks for homeless people in London as well as maintaining a haven during the Christmas period (where food, shelter and clothing was provided to homeless people in need).

Initially I did not know what to expect … I was told to be ready at 11pm…when normally I would be tucked up in my warm bed with a book,  to wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes and don’t wear any jewelery(apart) from my wedding ring.

The mini bus was loaded up with urns of ” Hot Chocolate” and sandwiches..donated by local companies.

What I saw totally astounded me…..I was this girl/woman from a middle class  family, cossetted, blinkered….I don’t know but I honestly wasn’t prepared for what I saw.

I don’t know if it was the old people or the very young or the obviously well -educated people who now slept on the streets…..What can be made out of a card board box ? I saw for myself and all this was in the affluent park area of Lincolns Inn Fields, London the home of Lawyers, solicitors and the ilk.

The reason for wearing no jewelery was not fear of robbery but to be sensitive and not flaunt what you had.

I spoke to men who had lost their businesses, their homes,had a breakdown, abandoned by friends and families, men who were highly educated but fell on bad times..Service men who fought for Queen and country…..How can you apply for a job when your address is the second park bench on the right????

Children and young people abused so they ran….so sad..because then the unscrupulous prayed on them…

Damm you..all those who do that to line your pockets or feed your perversions.

But what impressed me the most in this world of greed and power was when at Christmas in the freezing cold.. and I had a warm bed to go back to….we went armed with packs of a warm pair of sox, gloves,scarves,an Orange, a packet of fags and a lighter.

If we asked ” Do you want one” you didn’t get an answer…I learnt to just put it in their hands….. The look of thanks ..humbled me….But mostly what humbled me was..The man who said ” Mrs….. I have got one but old Joe over there hasn’t”

A man who had nothing and lived in a cardboard box…remembered and looked after his friend… I heard that statement more times in that one night than I have since.

How many of us do that…would you take two….most would….

This is why I took my children when they were old show them how in a blink of an eye or circumstance ….It could be them…

So when you look at all those poor unfortunate people in foreign climes..please also spare a thought for those closer to home….

This world we live in…this beautiful world….also has another side… wherever you are spare a thought, a smile, a touch on the shoulder, a small donation or gift and teach your children to spare a thought….Then hopefully the world will be a better place.

God Bless all those wonderful organisations  all over the world who work to improve the lives of those less fortunate and also the individuals who do their bit.

So when you are travelling to all these beautiful places take a closer look…

Spare a penny!