Tag Archives: baking

Whitby weekend: Making soul cakes?

There is more to a Silent Eye workshop than a simple wander in the landscape, but although the shape of the weekend may be carefully crafted, much of what happens next comes from the intent of those who attend. Working … Continue reading

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Just for me?

Late last night, I had a real craving for a home-made cheese scone. Today, I did something I have never done before. I baked. Not that baking is anything new in itself… When the boys were young, I baked every … Continue reading

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The best cheese sandwich?

“Cheese?” I asked, with knife poised. I had just cut a slab of rich fruitcake and put it on the  plate. The half-stifled “ewww…”  and the horrified expression was all the answer I needed. I sighed. People don’t know what … Continue reading

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Janice Spina interviews Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Reblogged from Jems Books: Robbie Cheadle Please help me welcome authors Robbie and Michael Cheadle to Jemsbooks.blog Segment of Interview an Author. It’s a pleasure to have you here, Robbie and Michael. The soap box is all yours. 1. Please … Continue reading

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Guest author: Robbie Cheadle – Waitoma Glowworm Caves

During our family visit to the North Island of New Zealand in August 2016, we visited the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The name Waitomo comes from the Maori words wai meaning water and tomo meaning hole or shaft. I have a … Continue reading

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Guest author: Robbie Cheadle – Sir Chocolate and the Candy Dragon

On the day before Halloween, Sir Chocolate was really busy, Making candy and chocolate treats, So fast it would make you dizzy. * Edible spiders and caterpillars, A set of shortbread fingers, His gingerbread tombstones with a spicy smell that … Continue reading

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Guest author: Robbie Cheadle – Table Mountain Cape Town

If I think of wonderful Cape Town, I think first of Table Mountain. This mountain is such a landmark and a most incredible natural phenomenon. Some of you may have picked up the fact that I am slightly prone to … Continue reading

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Guest author: Robbie and Michael Cheadle – Meet the Characters

Why does Taylor Gingernut look so shocked?   Why indeed? To find out you will need to read Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook. I can tell you a bit about Taylor Gingernut though: There was … Continue reading

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The Gingerbread House

The big house in my village is Waddesdon Manor, a magnificent  French chateau nestled in the fields of Buckinghamshire, built for Baron Ferdinand de Rotschild in the 1890s. The Manor and its contents were gifted to the National Trust in … Continue reading

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Guest authors: Robbie and Michael Cheadle – Sir Chocolate

I love this idea from Robbie and Michael Cheadle. When my own sons were younger, we spent many happy hours baking and creating things with sugarpaste in the kitchen…and just as many hours snuggled up with books. The most exciting … Continue reading

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