There are no shortcuts to any place worth going!

Well, that’s a sweeping statement but true.

I am at a crossroads, I think, what to do? where to go? who with? when? why? shall I ? shan’t I ? will I? won’t I? the brain just whirls around and around in never-ending circles.

How many of us have agonised like this over our jobs, our kids, parents, holidays, cars, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, what to have for dinner? …well gotta eat!

I think it’s amazing that we ever get anything done given all of that.

Isn’t the human brain just awesome?

At last, we have rain..yippee, surveying my garden this morning there are a few branches on the grass, oh yes and we had wind….the sun is showing itself albeit with a watery smile. It’s Songkram…Thai New Year…water fights galore..the shops full or not so full now of water pistols of varying colours and sizes..the fun will soon begin…

But not before I have had my morning cuppa.

I have been planning my way forward for the next year as in where I want my book to be…Finished would be good.

I plan to write a children’s cookbook as my grandchildren love cooking even little Lily who is four is a dab hand with the Mortar and Pestle and she can do mushrooms albeit they are different shapes and sizes haha. Aston at 12 a bit more proficient so I’m thinking of lots of pics and simple recipes for kids to do.

And improve my blog as in change a few things..haha should be fun ‘cos the mind knows what I want to do…It’s the lots of U-Tube Tutorials later it will…I’m being positive here..take shape so that’s some of my plans..oh and finish my book!.

I have been experimenting with making my own Smoothies, and I love it…the blender is just about working I needed a new rubber washer it was pouring out the bottom…. so who looked with the lid off.?????… No folks No pictures..just use your imagination …you are writers after all

Still researching the Sour Dough …… but we have Hot Cross Buns ..recipe in the previous post…

And trying different foods is one thing I love about living here it is a melting pot of different cultures and recipes..yum..yesterday I had Bobotie it was great…. it is the National Dish of South Africa and very good.

My recipe for you this week is a simple Chicken and Mushroom Pate ( one of my grandson’s favourites) and so quick to make.


  • 450gm/11b Chicken Livers.
  • 4 Chestnut Mushrooms finely chopped.
  • 220gm/8oz Butter.
  • 2/3 cloves garlic finely chopped.
  • 2/3 shallots finely chopped or small brown onion.
  • 1 tbsp Brandy.
  • 1tsp Mustard Powder.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • 1 bay leaf and 3 cranberries for decoration.

Let’s Cook!

Melt 4oz of butter in a pan add chopped onions and cook until soft but not coloured. Add mushrooms about halfway through cooking.

Add garlic and chicken Livers and fry until cooked through.

Add hands wobbled at this stage and I deviated slightly from said recipe…I put 2 spoons in..haha.

Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Place the Liver mix and 2oz of remaining butter in the food processor and blend until smooth.

Taste and season again with salt and freshly ground pepper.


Put in Ramekin or small dish, decorate with bay leaf and 3 cranberries ( I used small lime leaves as had no fresh bay leaves.

Chill and serve and enjoy!

Well, that’s all for now until next time I hope you enjoyed my ramblings. x


3 thoughts on “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going!

  1. blondieaka Post author

    Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:

    Every year I think we have..Well I do ..The same thoughts we may have moved forward but the same thoughts….I think this post which was one of my very first posts on here shows that…I have rejigged it a bit…ha ha


  2. blondieaka Post author

    Thank you so much for your kind comments and your help I would not be where I am today without that. You are my inspiration 🙂


  3. Anne O'Connell

    Oh, you’ve voiced my feelings so beautifully! There really aren’t enough hours in the day. But, how lucky you are to have such a wonderful network of family and friends 🙂 Can’t wait for the cookbook. If it’s geared towards kids it’ll be perfect for me 🙂 Ready to help whenever you need me.

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