Robbie’s Inspiration – Recipes from around the world: Hummingbird cake

This week, I am sharing a post that Bernadette from New Classic Recipe shared on her lovely blog for May is devoted to mothers. Bernadette shares lots of lovely recipes, some of which are her own and some of which are from other bloggers. If you haven’t visited New Classic Recipe blog I highly recommend it.

Thank you, Bernadette!

HUMMINGBIRD CAKE – a very special birthday cake for a very special mother

HUMMINGBIRD CAKE – a very special birthday cake for a very special mother
“A party without cake is just a meeting.” — Julia Child.

Hi there,

Continuing with honoring mothers during the month of May, it is my pleasure to introduce Robbie Cheadle and her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton. Both mother and daughter are writers and co-authored a book called While the Bombs Fell. It is the story of Elsie’s experience living through the bombing of England during WW2.
Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with ten children’s books and two poetry book.

The eight Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions that children can make under adult supervision. Robbie has also published two books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Robbie has two adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. She also has short stories, in the horror and paranormal genre, and poems included in several anthologies.

Robbie writes two monthly posts for called Growing Bookworms and Treasuring Poetry and one monthly post, under the name of Roberta Eaton Cheadle, called Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends. Robbie has a blog, where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.

What follows is Robbie’s story:

My mom turned 80 three years ago. She has never had a party and so I decided to throw a party for this ‘big’ birthday. She chose a flower theme and everyone in the family helped with different aspects of the arranging. One sister sent out the party invitations and coordinated the responses, another brought the fruit punch, and my dad went with my mom to choose flowery material and made all the overlays for the tables. I hired the outside tables and chairs, organized the food, and made the birthday cake.

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Growing Bookworms – Setting learning goals with your child

Today, I am over at Writing to be Read with the month’s Growing Bookworms post about Setting learning goals with your child. Thank you for hosting, Kaye Lynne Booth.

Writing to be Read

Just like adults, children benefit by setting learning goals for the year or even the term. Goals give all of us something positive and definite to work towards and we feel a sense of achievement when we meet our goals.

At the beginning of the school year, parents should sit down with their child and plan some goals for the year. This goal setting process should include identifying the specific areas the child needs to work on and the setting of realistic and achievable goals in order to measure progress in those areas. If your child is struggling with maths, for example, there is no point in setting a goal of achieving a distinction in the first term of the new school year. A reasonable goal would be an increase of 5% for each term, which will allow the child to improve his/her understanding of the subject and gradually build…

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Robbie’s Inspiration – Recipes from around the world: Chocolate mousse and strawberry custard pie

I made this pie for lunch on Easter Sunday. I made the recipe up because I had a large tin of strawberries I wanted to use (they were a replacement item from the grocery store when they did not have the tinned black cherries I ordered) and a packet of almond flour which was going to expire within a month.

I amended the pie crust recipe from Donna Hay’s Classic Baked Cheesecake recipe which you can find here:

I marginally changed a chocolate mousse recipe I got out of a Taste magazine several years ago and I made up the strawberry custard recipe.

The family raved about this rich and decadent pudding so I think I did well with this experiment.

Step 1: Pie crust

100 grams cold butter, chopped

60 ml castor sugar

160 ml plain flour

80 ml almond flour

Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Prepare a deep circular pie dish approximately 30 cm round.

Mix the flour, almond flour and castor sugar. Use your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until a stick dough forms. I only layered the bottom of the pie dish with this mixture and I blind backed it for 15 minutes and then set it aside to cool.

Step 2: Making the chocolate mousse

300 grams marshmallows, halved

90 grams soft butter

500 grams 70% cocoa dark chocolate, broken into pieces

3 tablespoons boiling water

8 tablespoons cherry liqueur

2 cups cream

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 large can chopped strawberries

1 large tin strawberries drained (retain the syrup) and chopped

Place the marshmallows, chocolate, boiling water, cherry liqueur, and butter in a heat-resistant bowl and melt slowly over a pan of boiling water.

Whip the cream with the vanilla essence. Once the chocolate mixture is completely melted, allow to cool. Mix in the cream and vanilla essence. Lastly, mix in the 1/2 of the chopped strawberries. Pour the mixture over the pie crust and refrigerate until set.

Step 3: Making the strawberry custard

Mix 3 tablespoons of custard powder with 50 ml of the strawberry syrup. Top the remaining strawberry juice up to 450 ml with cold water. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the custard mixture, reduce the heat to a simmer, and whisk until the custard thickens. Add the remaining half of the chopped strawberries. Allow to cool slightly and then pour over the chocolate mousse. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve. I added a layer of whipped cream to the top of the pie to reduce the sweetness.

Kaye Lynne Booth from Writing to be Read blog shared two poems for Mothers Day yesterday. One is mine and one is her own. You can read them here:

Robbie’s Inspiration – Book review: Hues of Hope, Selected poetry by Balroop Singh

Wishing you all a happy Mothers Day. Today, I am sharing my review of Hues of Hope, Selected poetry by Balroop Singh.

What Amazon says

Hues Of Hope is the collection of readers’ favorite poems from my poetry books. These poems explore the hope that lies within our heart, hope that whispers each morning to look at the horizon, hope that inspires us to look beyond the chaotic world and take the next step to vanquish the fears that try to fetter us. It promises to take us to an oasis of peace, unravels magical moments of joy, as beams of love calm our senses. It even guides us through dark alleys to show the streaks of light that shimmer through the clouds.

My review

Hues of Hope is a collection of beautifully descriptive and vivid poems all linked by the common theme of hope. The poems are grouped under appropriate sub-headings that reflect the different shades and nuances of hope, moving from the most clear and shining concept of hope to the more complex evolvement of hope from difficult situations and emotional pain. Reading this book from start to finish was like following the path of a person’s life, starting at young adulthood when every choice seems simple and obvious, and following the dead-ends, bumps, lows, and highs that mark our progress to maturity and eventually old age.

An example of two beautiful verses from the earlier poems are:

“Wind whispers to leaves;
“Fall gently, don’t ruin the spread
Mingle in its violet hues
To enhance the ethereal beauty.””
From Tread Softly here, and

“Silver tumbles down with passion
Sunbeams lace it with rainbow colors
Dusk dawdles with orange hues
A damaged tree trunk glimmers”
From Transient Waterfall

An example of a stunning verse from the later poems is:

“Is it the wrath of Mother Nature?
Is it man-made catastrophe?
Questions blaze with the flames
Answers would never calm down
The ache within their hearts.”
From How Fragile Is Life!

A collection that all poetry lovers will enjoy.

Purchase Hues of Hope by Balroop Singh

Amazon US

Balroop Singh Amazon Author Page

Miriam & Robbie Visit the Bar – SoCS

Dan Antion from the superb blog, No Facilities, hosted Miriam Hurdle and I at his local virtual bar to discuss poetry and the new WordCrafter Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships anthology. If you haven’t visited Dan’s blog before, you are missing out. He has a terrific blog and shares all sorts of interesting conversations and photographs as well as hosting the Thursday Doors weekly challenge.

No Facilities

Today is a poetry day
I should open with a poem
But I got zip

Still, bonus points are on the line
Stream of Consciousness Saturday
Nothin' zero

Robbie and Miriam have poems
Not here - in the anthology
Me? Nada - zilch!

Because today’s post required more planning than Linda allows, I was going to skip the SoCS part. But then she offered bonus points.

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘zip, zero, zilch.’ Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!”

If you follow my blog, you know I like poetry and I appreciate the work of poets. I have always had an interest in poetry, but only through the friends I’ve made blogging have I gotten to know poets. I have said it numerous times, but poets are the true artists in the writing world. The make…

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