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7 days of Sir Chocolate in B&W – Day 5

Charlie Mills over at Carrot Ranch challenged me to take part in the photography challenge: 7 days, post 7 B&W photos of your life, no explanation, no people, challenge another person each day.

Charli runs the fantastic Carrot Ranch Literary Community blog. You can find out more about Charli and her blog here: https://carrotranch.com/.

Chocolate swamp cake

Today I challenge LadyLee from Ladyleemanila to join in. LadyLee takes beautiful photographs. You and find out more about LadyLee here: https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town
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Charity chocolate swamp cake

I am a member of my department at work’s corporate citizenship team. This team arranges various fundraisers for charities and specific people. We are only a small department so that fundraisers can’t be to ambitious.

The one specific fundraiser that I arrange is for eye treatment for the son of one of the ladies who works for our catering service. Danny suffered a chronic eye infection as a young boy. The infection was never treated correctly and as a result, Danny developed a chronic eye allergy. Danny goes to school in a more rural part of South Africa and it is very, very dry there. The dryness and dust are very adverse for his eye condition. With the eye treatment programme he is on, he is able to manage even during the most dry months of the year and is writing his final year exams right now. This was made possible by the generosity of the people I work with at KPMG.

I made a chocolate swamp cake for the most recent fundraiser for Danny. It had two alligators and a swamp ghost. It was a lot of fun to make.

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I baked the chocolate sponge cake for the chocolate swamp in a silver foil pan that I bought specifically for this purpose. I know the cake would need to remain in the dish as I would have to pour the chocolate ganache topping over it and let it set. You can learn how to make the chocolate sponge cake here:

How to make the chocolate ganache

Roughly chop 400 grams of milk chocolate. Pour 200 ml of cream into a saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate has melted. Poor the chocolate mixture over the sponge cake and put it in the refrigerator to set. I left the cake overnight to ensure that it was fully set before decorating.

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish by Robbie Cheadle

The wonderful Sally Cronin from Smorgasbord has shared my two greatest desires, one fairly frivolous and one a cure for my little Michael. Thank you, Sally, for sharing my thoughts and wishes.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome in the last in the current series of Sunday Interview posts until the New Year. There will be so much going on in the next few weeks and we will all be very busy.. There will be a new theme in 2018… so keep your eyes open.

This week children’s author and master confectioner Robbie Cheadle shares the top two items on her ultimate bucket list.

Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish by Robbie Cheadle

I was quite sure that I didn’t have a bucket list. After all, I have a wonderful husband, two fantastic boys, a lovely home and an extended family. We go away on holiday every now and then and we get to see delightful places both in Africa and abroad. I would be greedy to think that more was due to me. I read an ultimate bucket list post by Paul Andruss recently and…

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#Bookreview – A time to lie by Phil Taylor

What Amazon says

Remember that time you dated that complete nutcase and said to yourself, I wish Future Me would have come back and warned me about this. Remember when you and your drunk friends said, If it’s such a bad idea, someone would come back from the future and stop us, right before it blew up in your face and got you in trouble? It would be great to have someone from the future to guide your life, wouldn’t it?

Landon Bridges’ life hasn’t always been perfect, but now he’s in college and determined to make a fresh start and transform himself from high school geek to college chic…well less geeky guy. He’s finally attained his life-long goal of studying physics in college under a renowned professor. He’s met the girl of his dreams and made friends with some of the cool frat guys. Things are going great, until He shows up.

A mysterious stranger intervenes to help Landon out of a terrible, possibly life changing situation, but what does he want? Why does he keep showing up? Who is he? Landon’s esteemed professor suddenly seems like a flake. Landon’s briefly idyllic college world seems to be spinning out of control. Landon needs to control his world and in the process of regaining his sanity and his grip on reality, he discovers that he has talents and allies that he never imagined. But is what they’re telling him the truth?

The truth is just the lie we’ve chosen to believe, and yours may be different than mine.

My review

Landon Bridges has had a difficult life but now he has made it to college and everything is looking up. He is meeting new people and has his eye an a great girl. Although he is still a geeky guy, he discovers he is able to make some inroads with the girl of his dreams through his intelligence and aptitude for mathematics. He has even been selected to work with the physics professor he admires the most.

Landon’s new life soon starts to unravel when he realises that his professor has discovered the secret of time travel. Not only this, but his professor is determined to share his discovery with Landon. It doesn’t take long before Landon’s unorthodox and uninformed introduction to time travel is causing problems for him. He struggles with a lack of knowledge, his own internal conflict as well as significant opposition from an unknown stranger as he strives to undo an error from his past. The consequences of changing the past are as yet unknown to Landon and it seems as if a number of people, including the unknown stranger and his professor, are determined to prevent him from changing his past in any way. Who are Landon’s real friends? Who can he trust? Why does the unknown stranger so intent on thwarting him?

I thought that Phil Taylor had some very clever and well thought out theories on time travel. This is important to me as I can’t read a book where the ideas and principles don’t stack up. A time to lie is fast paced and kept me interested and intrigued from the beginning. There is just the right amount of humour too.

I rated this book five out of five stars.

Other reviews

Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite
Time To Lie: Landon Bridges’ Story Book 1 by Phil Taylor is what I would call a YA thriller/sci fi/comedy that is somewhat reminiscent of Back to the Future, but without the DeLorean going 88 miles per hour in order to travel to a different time. Landon’s in a much different situation and time travel is not exactly like he expected it to be. His knowledge about his future begins at zero (as you might imagine) but ramps up steadily throughout the book. Without giving too many spoilers away, our hero Landon learns that some big changes are coming and he’s a big part of them. Little by little, he learns the extent of his responsibility in the whole mix.

This was an excellent story, with believable characters, plenty of twists and turns, mysterious people coming and going, and events unfolding, all the while adding a generous dose of self-deprecating humor to the mix. The story was tightly written and worked well to keep me in my seat. It was hard to put it down. I liked the part where the author showed how going back and forth in time can mess things up, instead of only always telling how things will change for the worse. The only downside I saw in Time to Lie, Landon Bridges’ Story Book 1 was the use of profanity throughout that might turn some readers off. However, overall, Phil Taylor delivers a roller-coaster ride of fun. Fortunately for us readers, this is only the first book. Highly recommended.

Purchase A time to lie

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

7 days of Sir Chocolate in B&W – Day 4

Charlie Mills over at Carrot Ranch challenged me to take part in the photography challenge: 7 days, post 7 B&W photos of your life, no explanation, no people, challenge another person each day.

Charli runs the fantastic Carrot Ranch Literary Community blog. You can find out more about Charli and her blog here: https://carrotranch.com/.

Sir Choc B&W day 5

Today I challenge Adele Marie from firefly465 to join in the fun. You can find out more about Adele Marie here: https://firefly465.wordpress.com/about-me/

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town