Baking to relax in Bakewell

Clandestine Cake club meets Bakewell Bakefest

We had a lovely Sheffield Clandestine cake club today at Bakewell bake fest… we were invited to bake on a theme of A Bakewell Picnic. 5 cakes and bakers plus guests had a yummy meetup & we gave a talk to the festival audience, all about the cake club & how to join. Our guests came from all sides of the Peak District, Sheffield, Sandbach, New Mills …. bearing cakes… here they are

Bakewell pudding pie cake by Karen
Pimms cake by Anna
Bakefest  audience
Mocha Cake by Rosa at Bakewell Bakefest
Cherrys Gluten free Cherry Bakewell cake
Raspberry Bakewell Cake by Sarah
Cherry’s cake
Annas Pimms cake
Rosas Mocha cake
Cherry Bakewell cake by Karen
Sheffield Cake club event at Bakewell .. we did a live talk from our event !

Baking for all Bakewell Bakefest

Lots of lovely cakes & a big thanks to all the bakers for baking & Bakewell bake fest for hosting us.

Our next meeting is Sat 23rd Sept Autumn Harvest Fruits 3 til 5 ..please book via the website

Best wishes Karen @fabcoach

Treasured Times How I set up my business at 50 + #guestblog

treasured time logo pic debbie mansfield

This month my Guest Blog is by Debbie Mansfield, of Treasured Time, who after a successful career at senior level , made a proactive choice to find a career choice that suited her , offered a lifestyle change & allowed her to pursue her dream of setting up her own business. She offers much needed support & companionship services in South Yorkshire, to help older people maintain their independence & to help their relatives enjoy being sons or daughters not just ‘carers’. ” I wanted to be able to provide people with a better quality of life by being a friendly face and providing genuine support, giving much needed respite from feelings of loneliness and isolation “. Debbie is an inspiration for those changing career at 50 plus.

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Debbie says “I had worked in a Fertility Clinic in a successful position for 15 years when I made the decision to change the course of my career. A brave move some would say and others would say ‘madness’.

What made me decide to change career?

What led me to make such a decision was two-fold. The first was recovering from back surgery that left me in a lot of pain for over 3 years. I had a highly responsible job and coping with the demands of this, coupled with the aftermath of surgery was extremely challenging, and exhausting. Although I did my level best to meet all my commitments, it left me with little energy for life outside of work. Also being tied to my desk in a static position was doing me no favours, and I knew I needed a lifestyle change.

I took a 3 month break during the first year following surgery and this gave me time to consider if there was a different option to the pathway I was on. I started to do some voluntary work in the community befriending the elderly. I had worked as a nurse in my earlier career mainly in the elderly sector and I felt like a light had switched on somewhere. It was the beginning of my idea to set up a companionship business. I knew working with the elderly was what I wanted to be involved in. It took me another 18 months of trying to commit to my current job before I realised that I had to make the change happen.

I gave 6 months’ notice at the beginning of January 2017 – part to help the clinic work towards an inspection at the end of June, and part to give me time to get organized and not have to rush into developing my ideas.

How did I go about it ?

I made a list of everything I needed to research or do, and slowly began to tick things off. These included:

  • Writing up a business plan
  • Working out the hours and amount of income I would receive
  • Working out costs for business and personal needs
  • Setting out the service/s I would offer including terms and conditions
  • Building a website and maintaining it
  • Designing a flyer/and adverts
  • Drafting client information, contracts and enquiry information
  • Obtaining insurance and doing a DBS check
  • Advertising in local magazines and doing leaflet drops in select areas
  • Setting up a Facebook page
  • Sourcing an accountant
  • Making a list of networking opportunities and then following them
  • Setting up an email address for the business
  • Finally after beginning the business – registering with the HMRC

The business: Treasured Time   

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I founded Treasured Time at the beginning of May 2017, because I understood the need in our communities to offer a companionship service to those who find themselves living alone without the support of a family and friends network. I wanted to be able to provide people with a better quality of life by being a friendly face and providing genuine support, giving much needed respite from feelings of loneliness and isolation.

My aim is to offer;

  • Companionship to individuals that live alone, helping them to find time for enjoyment and to enhance their daily living.
  • To work with people who need a little extra support to maintain their independence at home – even if this is on a short-term basis such as recovering from illness or hospitalization until you are back on your feet.
  • Support and help in managing some of the day-to-day issues that arise running a home, which need sorting out – paying bills, sorting out repairs and maintenance etc
  • To offer support to relatives who have a busy working life, so that they know someone is there for their loved one when they can’t be due to work or holiday commitments.

Therefore, I offer a range of services to support people in their own environment, from spending quality time with them on a one to one basis, assisting with light household duties, shopping and accompanying them to an appointment.

I am happy to say things are moving forward and I do have some clients that I help, but it has taken longer than I first expected to get going. After networking and talking to people, I now feel on the brink of making things happen. Fingers crossed all goes well.”

If you or a relative would like to talk about her service or book one of Debbies free half hour visits please call her on 07890 134656 . Her website details are below, with testimonials.

Website – www.treasuredtime.co.uk

Email – treasuredtime.dam@gmail.com

treasured time logo pic debbie mansfield

Clandestine Cake Club at Stannington Carnival

Sheffield Clandestine cake club members baked to a theme of Carnival Cakes for Stannington Carnival this weekend. High on the hills above Sheffield with blue skies & beautiful views, we sat under a shady gazebo & enjoyed our cakes . Lemon was  popular theme for summer cakes in fact we had 3 lemon, 1 salted caramel & one delicious Pimms cheesecake. stannington sheffield clandestine cake club bestOrange & lemon Carnival Cake CarolynMerry go round Lemon Cake LauraLemon Fizzle Cake KarenPimms Cheesecake SarahPimms cheesecake cutSalted caramel layer cake bestLemon mascarpone cake cutCitrus carnival cakeMaypole carnival cake cut

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Join us for our future events … join us & book via free via the Clandestine Cake Club website …we meet each month , no pressure to attend every month, and bake to a theme , then share our cakes. The venue is announced the week before the event ..thats the #clandestine bit.
Aug 13 th Bakewell BakeFest
Sept 23rd TBC
Oct 21st  Time for Tea
Nov 18th Coffee Cakes … Espresso or Latte ?
Dec 9th Cool Yule Logs Try your hand at baking a yule log !!
Contact me Karen Perkins , for more info , to suggest venues or ideas for the club Follow me on Twitter @fabcoach

Sculpture Vulture & relaxation

Just spent a brilliant Sunday at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with a wonderful combination of walking, views, sculpture, arts & coffee. The main exhibition was by Tony Cragg plus Zak Ove . I bought some real #YSP Honey from local bees, with a label designed by Alice Patullo. Here are some photos from today … highly recommended to get out in the fresh air, we managed a good 5 mile walk amongst the sculptures, and round the lake where we saw herons, cormorants, ducklings & swans. All rounded off with a latte on the cafe balcony looking over the green fields. Yorkshire sculpture park octopus 1Metal comb 2 #YSPMetal comb 3 #YSPStatues by Zak Ove #YSPPoppies 2 with house #YSPPoppies 5 #YSPSuspended bricks #YSPTony Cragg 2 white #YSPTony Cragg 3 #YSP white and woodTony Cragg #YSP 5 goldTony Cragg 6 #YSP diceDice Tony Cragg #YSP 7Tony Cragg #YSP 8 yellowReflection #YSP bootsGlass statue 2 #YSP

If you would like to relax more, plan a new career or just get more done please contact me for a free taster & some tips on where to go to enjoy walks, see art & generally retire disgracefully at any age . Best wishes Karen

Cakes from famous Cookbooks

Sheffield Clandestine cake club met today hosted by Walkley library. Our theme was cakes from famous cookbooks & we had 8 cakes & bakers plus guests. It was part of Sheffield Food festival #fringe . The library is now community run, but you can still order books through Sheffield libraries service.  Here are our cakes !

Best Sheffield Clandestine cake club at Walkley Library

Lime & Coconut cake ( slight damage to icing , in rain )

Karens Lime & Coconut from Delia Smiths Summer Cookbook … slight damage to icing due to rainstorm on way into venue.

Annes Tuscan Grape cake

Annes Tuscan Grape cake from Sally B’s recipe book. Low fat cake, with olive oil instead of butter, sweet wine, orange & lemon zest & grapes.

Clares BeRo Victoria Sponge

Clare made a trad Victoria sponge from her mums BeRo cookbook. It had 6 eggs & a massive rise !Joy Apple & Cinnamon

Joy made an Apple & cinnamon cake from Mary Berrys book,  a delicious layer of appleness, plus nutty walnut topping.
laura Victoria sponge 2

Laura also made a BeRo Victoria sponge , with buttercream & strawberries.

Louise Mary Berry Chocolate truffle cake

Louise made a Chocolate truffle cake from Mary Berrys desserts book. Chocolate sponge, truffle filling & icing plus ganache piping.

Dani Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake

Dani made Peanut Butter & Jellycake from the Hummingbird bakery life is sweet cookbook.

Sarah best Raspberry Cappucino cake

Sarah made Raspberry Cappuccino cake from the Clandestine cake club celebrations cookbook .

Next events are Sat 24th June  ,  Sat 8th July Carnival cakes 12 -2  , Sun 13th Aug 3 til 5 Bakewell Baking Festival ( bring your receipt ) Sat 23 Sept  3-5 , Sat 21st Oct …watch out for the themes. All ideas for new venues & themes very welcome .

Happy Baking  Karen xx  www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk @fabcoach on Twitter

Best Sheffield Clandestine cake club at Walkley Library
Best Sheffield Clandestine cake club at Walkley Library

Get Creative with Chocolate

At Bread & Roses WI in #Sheffield we love trying new skills. Over 37 Bread and Roses WI members gathered to learn the art of the chocolateer, and how to resist temptation til allowed to taste . Karen, our trainer, is a member of Steel Belles WI in Sheffield & Ravenfield WI in Rotherham. She does it as a hobby following a free WEA course & getting the bug. She then did a full 10 week course with WEA. She likes to help people see how easy it can be. You just need chocolate plus grease proof paper !
Cacao grows in Equatorial climes, changing green to red as ripen. Trees translate as food from the Gods. Beans are roasted to kill bacteria, and made into cocoa paste. White is just pure cocoa butter and sugar.

Karen with lolly
Karen ( Not Trainer Karen ) with lolly

So what’s the best way to heat chocolate? Microwave is best as the bowl does not retain heat like a Bain Marie. Melt 3/4 of your Choc, then add rest to cool it down and give it a shine. A silicon spatula is best as no water escapes into Chocolate.

Dark Chocolate is  stable at 32 degrees.  Others at 30 degrees. If you overheat Chocolate it gives a fat bloom , & is not recoverable .
We tried the Belgian chocolate in 3 varieties and also single estate chocolate, which has less sugar .
Aprons on and time to try making a choccy creation.
Templates were provided for flower, pig lollies etc , you trace the design on greaseproof paper , and draw it in chocolate ( not too thick ) #boos from audience . Twirl your stick around in the Choc till it sticks and leave to set.
Pipe the chocolate outline first, leave to set add buttons for eyes . And best side down. Here are some lollies we created .
Next we did Transfers, so easy . Pour or pipe melted chocolate onto the Edible transfer sheets, when set peel it off & the transfer comes off on the chocolate. You use this to make decorations, buttons, name toppers or chocolate collars for cakes or for small desserts .

Get creative with Karen Perkins Career Business Life Coach . Book a free taster session now 07971 881251 . Social media & 1:1 Blogging lessons, with cake available now .

 

Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club rocks Chocolate cake !!

We had a post Valentines cake club today, hosted by the Riverside Cafe & Bar right next to Hillsborough football stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday. Luckily it was not a match day so we had lots of space for our cakes. It was raining otherwise we would have been out on their terrace overlooking the river.

Who ate all the cakes ?

We had 7 cakes & 9 tasters plus junior taster Violet .
Karens cake was chocolate & nocella liqueur with chocolate ganache. Using a lower cocoa content seems to make a more flexible topping ! It ws her own recipe with a CCC ganache recipe topping.

Clare made White Chocolate & Raspberry Marble cake with a crispy exterior. It was via Google from a Tesco recipe.

Sarahs Chilli Chocolate cake was from the CCC recipe book #yummy & just the right heat of chilli.

Anne made White Chocolate & Passion Fruit cake. Passion fruit drizzle topping.

Dani made Chocolate, Guinness & Kaluha cake. Topping was icing sugar,cream cheese & Kalhua .

Tims cake was Chilli & Chocolate Orange cake with fresh orange, zest & juice in the cake.

Pauls cake was a magnificently smoothly glazed Chocolate cake with meringue filling.

Here they are as we tried them all ! We had little tasters & then took large chunks home #result !!

Our next event is on Sat 25th March 2 till 4 pm. “Oh Sew Sweet ” cakes theme.

Dates for your diary
May 22nd , June 24th , July 8th ( Special ) , August at Bakewell Baking Show ( Free entry ..bring your ticket to our CCC event in the Show & get a refund if you are a baker or guest of bake & have registered) ;

Once again thanks to the lovely Riverside Cafe & Bar in Hillsborough Sheffield for hosting us today.

Any queries please e mail me on coachmekp@gmail.com http://www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

Best wishes Karen xx