Sheffield Coffee in Caffeine Mag

10 May

Sheffield featured in this month's Caffeine magazine

Independent cafés peddling great-tasting coffee are certainly springing up right across the city. So when I found some of my favourite (home city’s) Sheffield coffee shops featured in this month’s Caffeine magazine (issue 14): a reputable publication championing the unique and independent individuals on the coffee scene, I was filled with smiles and a sense of proudness! Proving to readers how Sheffield’s still slurping strong in filling up locals with  tasty coffee and tempting treats – the kind of places that only locals know about.

I hope to try out the weekend brunch menu at Upshot Espresso when I’m next back in Sheffield but will have to be smarter with my planning as they only happen once a month and must try the Marmadukes cheesecake. Give me good coffee, decent cake and a pretty cafe and I’ll be happy to hang around for a long time.

I can vouch for all of Brian’s coffee spots in this article (and reading this made me miss home even more!).

{Photo by Cindy Cheung}

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Peggy Porschen Cakes – London

7 May

Peggy Porschen Cakes, LondonPeggy Porschen Cakes, London

Hi all…. I know, I know, it’s been a few months since my last update! After taking a couple months off from blogging to focus on some exciting personal projects, I’m now back feeling radiant and fresher than ever before. In fact, I’m incredibly excited because, on top of everything else, I’ve also been secretly working on a brand new ‘Missie Cindz’ digital makeover……to this blog! (more will be revealed soon).

It’s going to take some time to get back into the routine so please bear with me and my spotty posting efforts!

Peggy Porschen Cakes
Taking some time away from the digital screen, the other day I discovered Peggy Porschen Cakes. If I’m honest, I’m not very much a girly girl (hard to believe, right?) but once you enter the Peggy Porschen Bakery, oh my Cinders, pinks and pastels and all things frilly becomes your best friend!

Peggy’s Porschen Cakes is a hidden (London) gem situated on Ebury Street (a short walk from Victoria Coach Station), this was my first visit and surely won’t be my last. The shop itself is beautiful – pastel pinks on almost everything, a place for baking lovers – shelves filled with cookbooks and accessories, edible gifts and kitchenware. It is quite a small shop so I would imagine it must get pretty busy at times with the limited seating available inside but we were quite happy to sit outside in the glorious sunshine. There’s something nice about outdoor seating in the sunshine helping to make pleasant morning chats and people watching that little bit more enjoyable.

Always Time for Tea and Cakes
We had the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake and Red Velvet with a pot of leaf tea for the two of us. Both cakes were deliciously moist and light with smooth buttercream or chocolate ganache – for those who enjoy the simple things in every day life, like ‘tea and cake’ moments (hands up), each mouthful’s an absolute ‘do-not-disturb‘ moment! I could have eaten everything here, and they do cakeaways too served in whimsical and (super) girly cake boxes. Just talking about them gives me a hankering right now…

Peggy Porschen | 116 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QQ

{Photos taken by Siu-ann on our super, fun girly day out as London Tourists}

Peggy Porschen Cakes, LondonPeggy Porschen Cakes, London

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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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