Missie Cindz Snail Mail Love

11 Feb

missie-cindz-greeting-cardsWith Valentine’s Day this weekend and Chinese New Year next Thursday, I’ve posted up a little Instagram competition for you to WIN ALL THESE GREETING CARDS in my hands (fresh from the printers, as seen above) ~ see here for competition details —->> http://instagram.com/p/y7jr2iCRXD/ 

I’ll announce the winner on Thursday (11 February).

I’ve designed a few more additional cards to the stationery collection too (see below) – spreading some love through snail mail has never been so fun and colourful! ~ good luck with the competition x

cindy_cheung_set-of-4-greetings-card{Greeting card designs by Cindy Cheungemail to get in touch about greeting card purchases}

 

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Missie Cindz Digital Makeover

10 Feb

Missie Cindz Digital Makeover in progressIt’s been four years when I first began my ‘Missie Cindz’ culinary adventures in Sheffield after a first visit to Nether Edge Farmers’ Market. I quickly began meeting talented makers and developed a taste for ‘real’ local food. I started collaborating with locals, started Pud Clubs & wrote for a local Sheffield magazine. I’ve met some wonderful people from my passions for food (and puddings) and now who I am glad to call friends. Then in April 2013, my food & graphic design passions (and BC) took me to London…..

At the start of 2015, one of my new year goals was to give myself a Digital Makeover: aiming to update my missiecindz.com blog (I can’t believe I haven’t updated the look for over 4 years!), to develop a fresher and more grown up digital style across all platforms; and to work on creative projects and collaborations I can be proud of to share.

We all shouldn’t be afraid of change (there’s always room for development). New exciting design, food and personal goals are certainly in progress….watch this page! – Missie Cindz

{Sneaky peek of my digital makeover – illustration and capture by Cindy Cheung}

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Nutella and Banana filled Crescents

6 Feb

These 4 ingredient Nutella and banana filled crescents are heavenly, bite-sized pastries and they are very quick and easy to make.missie-cindz-nutella-and-banana-crescentsIngredients

  • 1 pack of frozen, rolled puff pastry
  • 1 jar of Nutella
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced thinly
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Method

Step 1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper and gather ingredients.
Step 2. Sprinkle flour evenly onto a large, flat work surface. Unroll the puff pastry into a single layer. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, gently roll the pastry sheets out to make slightly larger squares. Cut each puff pastry sheet horizontally into thirds. Then, cut each third of pastry in half diagonally to make twelve triangular pieces of pastry.
Step 3. Place a teaspoon of Nutella in the middle of the longest end of each triangle, two slices of banana and brush the edges with beaten egg.
Step 4. Roll each pastry up. Bend a curve in each pastry when rolled to give a crescent shape.
Step 6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately ~ Enjoy with a cuppa tea! Easy.

Missie Cindz Nutella and banana crescentsYou can download a printable version of the recipe here.

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Favourites Pud Inn Crawl 2015

1 Feb

Pud-Inn-Crawl-2015We certainly brightened up a dull and cold day with indulgent puddings
on a Pud Inn Crawl!

On Saturday 24th January we all indulged on a Sheffield Pud Crawl bringing together pud lovers, sightseeing, eating and meeting new people in one sweet afternoon. The meeting point was at Eten Cafe on York ST, from where we went on to venues in the city centre and along to Abbeydale Road. With a special ‘Favourites‘ pud theme, our chosen cafes shared some of their favourite, best selling baked treats with diners.

Pud Inn Crawl was a great way for diners to see and eat at some very cool Cafes in Sheffield. Myself and Janine played guide and everyone who joined us were encouraged to find a pudding buddy. The Pud Crawl proved a fun way to meet and eat as well as discover new places for coffee/tea and cakes – I met some awesome folks on the day, and am happy to call them my fellow ‘puddies’ :)

First Pud Stop – Morning Cream Tea at Eten. A cafe with a friendly and homely atmosphere, and I have to mention THOSE scones! Diners were served a mix of cherry, fruit and date scrumptious scones on traditional cake stands with clotted cream, butter and jam to perfectly complement the delightfully crumbly texture you only truly get with a freshly-baked scone.

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Next up were Raspberry and passionfruit friands made by Depot Bakery at Tamper Coffee. Friands are popular in Australian cafes, so no surprise that these are a staple on Tamper’s cakes menu. Friands, similar to muffins in that they are composed of a bottom, or “stump,” and a rounded top but from a birds-eye view of a friand reveals an oval, rather than circular, shape. They tasted and feel similar to madelines – the cakes were sweet, tender and beautiful in their simplicity. With a nutty flavour from the browned butter and perfect served with coffee.

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We all then waddled over to Pud Stop 3, Harland Cafe on John ST for Chocolate Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding. Moist and lovely, and surprisingly lighter than it looked, with beautiful crisp edges and a soft custardy middle – this was what every girl looks for in a bread and butter pudding! Generous addition of milk chocolate chips instead of using raisins made this pudding more of an indulgent treat too. As with all traditional milky, warm puddings I always find these more moreish. A lovely pudding for a wintry January.

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We then waddled over to our final venue, Amici and Bici located on Abbeydale Road and for those who didn’t know, Amici & Bici is translated as ‘Friends & Bike’. Serving Pud crawlers immense slices of Apple & Caramel cake and also a Vegan Chocolate Oreo Cake. The apples and caramel were a heavenly duo, subtle flavours and beautiful texture with delicious buttercream frosting and caramel drizzle certainly fit the bill nicely. Stunning presentation from both cakes and looked exactly like the pictures below! (the ‘special’ caramel sauce was especially delicious). Gorgeous mouth-watering cakes – and many diners had to have a cake-away bag at this point. What a fantastic way to finish off the first Crawl.

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So there you have it our first Sheffield Pud Crawl completed. With the aim of finding some interesting places one mouthful at a time, the experience was fun and a nice way to meet new people – proving puddings really do have have super powers! A big thank you to the lovely cafes accommodating us and for the fab desserts AND great company too (as usual).

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The limited number of tickets to attend the event were sold out within a couple of days, and after the success and positive feedback from this first event, we’ll be planning our next Pud Crawl very soon! In the meantime, to enjoy Pud Inn deliciousness with added Missie-ness; you can like our Facebook page or follow me on twitter for the next Pud Crawl updates.

{All photos courtesy of all our lovely diners: Clare Farmer, Diane Marshall, Nicole Tyalor and Michelle Garrity} Thank you for sharing your Pud Crawl snaps with us – Missie Cindz x

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Pud Inn Crawl – The Route

23 Jan

Brightening up a dull day with indulgent puddings and baked treats
with a Pud Inn Crawl!

Missie's Pud Inn Crawl Route

Usually held at the Rutland Arms, but on this occasion, we’re going on a Pud Inn Crawl, featuring FOUR SHEFFIELD VENUES, FOUR PUDDINGS and supporting independent eateries sprinkled with 15 equally fun and lovely Sheffield folks.

The Pud Inn Route
The pudding tour route will feature local Sheffield favourites; Eten Cafe, Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel, Harland Cafe and Amici and Bici. With a special ‘Favourites‘ pud theme, cafes will be sharing some of their favourite, best selling baked treats with diners. Diners can also vote, for fun, their favourite Pudding of the Tour – it’s going to be Forking Marvellous!

The limited number of tickets to attend the event have all been sold but we’re hoping, if this first Pud Inn Crawl turns out well, we’ll probably be planning our next Crawl very soon!

If you don’t have a ticket to join the full tour, you can still join us somewhere along the route – meeting times are above but you will need to buy your desserts separately at each venue.

Looking forward to the sweet weekend with PudInn diners – Cindz x

{illustration by Cindy Cheung}

 

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Pud Inn goes on Tour

15 Jan

Missie Cindz Pud Inn Crawl 2015Bringing a fresh new twist to Pud Inn Club: Pud Inn goes on Tour….around Sheffield!

Join us on a walking tour on Saturday 24th January to four fantastic Sheffield cafes to enjoy four special cakes/puds, supporting our city’s independent eateries and sprinkled with 15 equally fun and lovely Sheffield folks.

A full afternoon of walking and eating desserts…..bliss!

With a special ‘Favourites‘ pudding theme, cafes will be sharing some of their favourite, best selling baked treats with diners.

BOOKING DETAILS
£8 per person/tickets (for four fantastic puds).
Please e-mail your booking request to puddingclub@missiecindz.com or DM via twitter or Facebook, where we will confirm availability and payment details. Please note, PLACES ARE VERY LIMITED and booking is essential so that we can reserve your spoon.

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****   SHEFFIELD PUD CRAWL ROUTE   ****
What’s on the menu? – it’s a secret until the day of Pud Inn Crawl!

11.15am Diners to meet at Eten Cafe on York ST
11.30am – 12.30pm / Stop 1 Pudding Course 1 at Eten Cafe
12.35pm – 12.50pm Waddle over to Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel to meet in the Private Function Room near the entrance
1pm– 2pm / Stop 2 Pudding Course 2 at Tamper Sellers Wheel
2.05pm – 2.30pm Waddle over to Harland Cafe on John’s ST
2.30pm – 3.30pm / Stop 3 Pudding Course 3 at Harland Cafe
3.35pm – 4pm Waddle over to Amici & Bici on Abbeydale Road
4pm – 5pm / Stop 4 Pudding Course 4 at Amici and Bici

5pm – Waddle off home! (EVENT CLOSES)

You can also vote, for fun, your favourite pudding of the Tour.
It’s going to be Forking Marvellous!!

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If you’re unable to join us on the full Tour, you can join in somewhere along the route and that’s fine too – but we do encourage that you join us at all four venues as this helps us to prioritise pudding portions and allocate spaces available for the event. Otherwise you will be responsible for your own cake/pudding purchases.

For more information and to keep updated with the event’s happenings, visit our events Facebook page.
{A big thank you to Janine Morrall for being my Pud Inn sidekick! :) }

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About Missie’s Pud Inn
Pud Inn’s GREAT! Support your local pub, local bakers, local talent AND brighten the community! What’s not to love!? It is a friendly and informal afternoon with other pudding enthusiasts from Sheffield and beyond – if you want to come alone and make new friends, then that’s fine too.

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