30 Days of Paper Project

8 Nov

30-days-of-paper-challenge-dayMy 30 Days of Paper Project My 30 Days of Paper ProjectMy 30 Days of Paper Project

This week so me begin my #30daysofpaper Project, a creative paper-themed challenge by @thereadingresidence (thank you @tinyjneenie for the heads up!). The paper cuts have already began, and it’s been interesting seeing people’s daily Instagram/twitter shares as everyone’s personal interpretation of each day’s theme can be so different!

Here’s a re-cap of my daily (7-day) paper shares so far:

  • Day 1 (Something Pretty): Pretty Creighton chocolate bars
  • Day 2 (Something Blue): Paper & Cup in Shoreditch
  • Day 3 (Something New): Missie Cindz Christmas cards
  • Day 4 (Currently): Experimenting with watercolours on paper
  • Day 5 (’S’): Sprinkles Cupcake branding
  • Day 6 (Handy): Colourful sticky notes – so handy for helping me to remember all the little details (and important food dates) in life!
  • Day 7 (Read): A Ceiling of floating reading books at Leadenhall Market, London (in the City)

You can follow the next 23 days of my paperlicious challenge here: @cchdesign, why not give it a go yourself? – let’s show sheets of paper love-in!

{Photos by Cindy Cheung }

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Awesome October Collecting Moments

29 Oct

Collect more moments, not things!

A fantastically awesome October: Travelling, collecting and sharing (memorable) moments, making new friends & developing new design skills! – there is definitely no doubting that October has been fun & delicious this month!

  • 1. Had such a lovely time at my first instameet with the lovely @thehappilyeverafter and her partner Gabe,sharing desserts with Christine in NYC was one proper sweet moment!
  • 2. Meng treated us to a great dinner in NYC, which me and Baz were so grateful for (and still feeling really guilty about). Thank you so much! (had such a lovely time meeting you and catching up)
  • 3. My walk cross the Brooklyn Bridge was accomplished, and it was my first time! A gorgeous sunny day
  • 4. I said YES!! – the 3rd October was World Smile Day too :)
  • 5. Hello Laaaaaas Vegaaaaaas!
  • 6. If you didn’t know I’ve been busy festive planning, chock-full of NEW ‘Alternative Christmas’ greeting cards & gifts over here in my web shop
  • 7. Hello beautiful London
  • 8. A fantastic girls catch up session back up in Sheffield with homemade cake and a cuppa (or two)!

Let there be more good times in November.

{Photo by Cindy Cheung}

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Hello, Big Apple 2014

30 Sep

Hello Big Apple

Take me to Where all the Locals Go
Finally sitting down with a cuppa to get some holiday planning underway (looking forward to visiting the biggest Apple this week!). I’ve already been here before, but this time I’m determined NOT to do as much of the touristy stuff.

Would love to hear your New York City fun dinner, bakery and local market suggestions? (Preferably in the Manhatten/East Village areas) ~ please take me to where all the locals go!

{Illustration by Cindy Cheung }

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Cinnamon Bun Week 2014

29 Sep

Cinnamon Bun Week at Nordic BakeryBuns of Happiness

Starting the new week kneading lots of deliciousness and dreaming of all things baked.

Apparently, every year on October 4th, the Swedes celebrate Cinnamon Bun Day (there IS an actual day to celebrate the mighty bun), and from September 29th, the Nordic Bakery will be celebrating their beloved cinnamon buns with a different limited edition flavour every day in all their London shops. And what’s even better, on the (Cinnamon Bun) day itself, all new varieties will be available for bun lovers to enjoy.

So, which flavour will be your favourite for Cinnamon Bun Week? Blueberries, Chocolate buttons, Apple, Lemon and Raisins OR custard? Let’s raise our cup of coffee in honour of the classic favourite buttery, cinnamon treat! ~ Missie Cindz x

{ Photos by Cindy Cheung }

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Craft Bakers Week 2014

28 Sep

Craft Bakers’ Week 2014Baking for the Local Community

Bakers from across the country are coming together to tempt people into their bakeries to support Craft Bakers’ Week (), starting on Monday 29th September – 5th October 2014. Where bakers will be fundraising for Make A Wish Foundation and you’ll be encouraged to support your local bakeries.

Craft Bakers’ Week aims to raise awareness of craft baking and encouraging people to visit their local high street bakery. It is an annual campaign that’s supported by the TV Baking Brothers, and – who run high street bakeries in the Cotswolds and are passionate about getting the public to support craft bakers.

The week will see, bakeries across the UK taking part by offering promotions, tastings and workshops, and as well as fundraising for Make-A-Wish Foundation to celebrate and highlight the skill and passion of craft bakers. So, which ‘Real Bread‘ bakeries will be keeping it real for Craft Bakers Week, then? – you can find a list here.

Baking and Eating for a Great Cause
While showcasing a key part of the British high street, Craft Bakers’ Week 2014 will partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bakers throughout the UK will get behind Make-A-Wish’s “Bake-A-Wish” campaign and bake special “Make-A-Wish” buns. We (customers) can support the campaign by buying a “Make-A-Wish” bun with a percentage of the money raised going directly to Make-A-Wish. Customers can support the campaign by buying the buns from their local baker who will be displaying a Make-A-Wish sticker throughout the campaign.

Craft baking is a real skill, catch up with and show some baked love for your local baker! Do have a look on the website to see which bakery near you are participating in the campaign – find out here.

{Photo by Cindy Cheung taken at one of her favourite bakeries, Cat Lane Bakery in Sheffield – delicious!}

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EPIC Pud Inn in the Park

23 Sep

Missie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkMissie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkIt was the hottest ticket in town: a meal of five courses, all of them pudding and designed to sweet-talk Sheffield’s foodies and raise hundreds of pounds for the Master Cutler’s Challenge 2014.

On Saturday 13th September we took 30 pudding lovers off to the park for a sweet afternoon being proper Yorkshire and connecting with our community and roots. Pud Inn in the Park rounded off a six-month fundraising push with myself and Endcliffe’s boss, Ashley Charlesworth (an epic fun-raising partner he was too). Our September’s Pud Club had a Yorkshire theme, with desserts contributed by the Rutland Arms, Silversmiths, CakeLicious and PJ Taste, as well as Endcliffe Park Café.

Planning a Yorkshire Pud Inn Club was interesting. I really wanted it to be a little different and whimsical. If you asked us what a Yorkshire puddings table should look like, there needs to be lots of butter, sugar, cream, tea, it needs to be homemade and look like it’s on display at a local produce show. Which is why I chose to hold this season’s club in the park, in a fantastic marquee tent (thank you Totally Gazeboed), and encouraging diners to dig out the old recipe books and inspired a bake off of our own.

Missie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkLining up the Puddings
First course was Peter from PJ taste with his grand (traditional) dessert of Liquorice, rhubarb and ginger pudding with a PJ taste twist of course. Peter shares with us a little about his pudding course – “The pud I chose had local and Yorkshire themes: Yorkshire rhubarb from my allotment, a liquorice panna cotta – liquorice was grown in Pontefract which is still famous for it and my liquorice was made by Bassett’s Sheffield but bought from Granellis! I made a ginger biscuit, ginger’s quite a Yorkshire spice – Parkin and ginger beer. The term use was a P I for Pud Inn made from local blackberry and apple fruit leather and a 2004 Sheffield hazelnut on a chocolate and popping candy stick! I’m not sure what I would have done differently other than not commit the ultimate chef sin ad – I didn’t taste the dish! So not sure if the jelly and panna cotta was over set but he says diners will have to be the judge of that!” – thank you peter, your course seemed perfectly fine to us, like always!

Comments from diner’s score sheets included:

  • The popping candy was a nice touch, pleasantly mild flavour
  • Loved the liquorice bit best and the crackle chocolate and leather
  • It was a great experience finding all the different ‘hidden’ flavours
  • Experimental – nice, sophisticated flavours, expected it to be a lighter pudding. Imaginative.
  • Loved the liquorice and toppings. The Rhubarb needed a bit more bite.
Missie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkNext up was CakeLicious, a fantastic pastry counter serving delicious looking assorted tarts and Chinese desserts found in The Moor Markets. Chris from CakeLicious says he chose to share their popular Portuguese tarts because he knew everyone like them, “I receive very good feedback whenever I sell them at the Sharrow Vale Market, Sheffield Food Festival and from customers at the Moor Market.”

Comments from diner’s score sheets included:

  • A very delicious and lovely textured custard
  • crispy pastry, lovely sweet and warm custard filling
  • Beautiful textures, loved the flakey pastry and that it was served warm
  • Phwoar!! Phwoar!!
  • Lovely crisp pastry and very smooth egg custard, very nice!

Missie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkNext up was Chef Lee from Silversmith’s version of The Richmond Maids of Honour – a dessert supposedly favoured by Henry VIII and have been the star attraction of a Richmond tea house for nearly 200 years! Well, Chef Lee was certainly going to make sure his version of the little puffed pastry tarts were going to be the star of attention at Pud Inn!

Comments from diners included:

  • A great mix of desserts in one. Very well presented, enjoyed it. Lots of work put into making this course –great effort!
  • Great combination of textures and flavours, a rich experience
  • WOW!! A bit of everything
  • Keep it simple – less is more. LOVED the honeycomb and fruit though
  • All components were very tasty but some blended better than others

Missie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkNext up, course four were the EPIC Yorkshire Pleasure Domes made by Endcliffe Park Café’s Chef Arie Sullivan. I won’t even begin understanding how they got all that goodness inside the dark chocolate dome and then spray tanned it in gold with all the crunchy (toffee) trimmings – I’ll let it be their secret. I WILL devour it again! The raspberries and cream complemented the chocolate nicely, not too overly sweet and the best part about it was cracking the dome to reveal the filling inside. A truly epic pud!

Comments from diners included:

  • Great, unique presentation. The chocolate dome was so yummy mixed with toffee pieces – it was all lovely. A great effort!!
  • Tasted as good as it looked! Brilliant presentation. The raspberry bit was my favourite
  • Awesome presentation and tasted as good as it looked!
  • I need a lie down now!!
  • Looked EPIC! tasted boozy. Hic hic

Missie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkThe final fifth course was the Rutland’s Chef Mike’s Yorkshire Curd Tart. Mike’s curd tart was also filled with currants and egg, making this a delightful afternoon treat.

Comments from diners included:

  • Lovely presentation, straight up favourite!
  • Nice flavours. Liked the raisins
  • Lovely pastry and very delicately flavoured curd
  • A fantastic curd tart, fabulous as always!
  • Lovely sweet pastry, yummy curd tart. Not too much fruit, really enjoyed it. Well done! :)

Missie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkMissie's Yorkshire Pud Inn in the ParkMaster Cutlers Challenge 2014 Award WinnerA big thank you to all our pudding makers for the day’s awesome desserts – plus, not forgetting Endcliffe Park Cafe and their team for being a top notch venue to hold Pud Inn. On another sweet note, last week we also won the BEST INNOVATIVE AWARD for Pud Inn in the Park at The Master Cutlers Challenge Awards bash held at Sheffield’s Whirlow Hall Farm. I was smiling all weekend – it’s a great feeling to be recognised and shows how hard work does pay off – (see above) Ashley proudly poses with our award on the night :)

I’ll be planning our next Pud Inn gathering soon, planned for Christmas and hope you will be able to join me for that.

{All photos courtesy of all our lovely diners – Carol Greene, Tracey Howe, Mandy Jordan, Keith Donegan, Ashley Charlesworth and Dan Sumption. Thank you for sharing your Pud Inn snaps – there are more photographs of the event on our facebook page, see below} – Missie Cindz x

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