Walking around Sheffield Open Up

Great time bussing & walking around galleries, artists, cafes & hidden Sheffield places looking at Art this weekend & last . @openupsheffield Great way to keep fit too.

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Life drawing at KIAC … fancying doing some classes ?

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Fab work by @kelhamislandfurniture https://www.facebook.com/Kelhamislandfurniture/

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Looking down from the top of Manor Castle hill to Rhubarb Shed Cafe & Manor Oaks studios. Amazing views.

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Who knew there was a community kiln on Manor plus a timber recycling company ?

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Off next to Replicast studios .

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Starred momentarily on Bolam TV.

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Paper curls seen on a windowsill.

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Portland Works had their open day so we went for breccie at the Harland Cafe
Lovely cafe in Harland works , popping in to see Fallen Giants furniture maker.

 

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As usual we had a brilliant time chatting to the artists & finding out about what they love making & doing.

See you next year .. anyone who would like a free coaching taster .. please do contact me Click to contact Karen Perkins Creative & Life Coach

Best wishes Karen

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European Cakes with Sheffield Underground Cake Club

A fabulous array of cakes from Europe. Our bakers delivered a resounding cakey result. We ate the evidence .

First up a French Strawberry Chiffon cake by Karen. A Genoese sponge made with 6 eggs & only 30g of butter. Sliced into 3 layers, strawberry coulis spread onto each layer followed by whipped double cream with added vanilla .

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Next up, Daves exquisite green Brussel sprout & Avocado cake. Amazingly it has no artificial colour or flavour. Contains 1lb of sprouts, lime juice & zest. The icing is 2 avocados, icing sugar & lime zest. It tasted very much like a cinnamon carrot cake. The sultanas were soaked in Vimto !!

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Annes Polish Apple cake or Szarlotka. She made a dough, divided it in half, froze one half. Then she baked the other half as a base, added the sliced apple, cinnamon and grated the frozen dough on top to create the texture…and re baked. Served sprinkled with icing sugar.

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Raheels Seville Blood Orange cake. Based on a Polka Dotter & Jamie Oliver recipe … semolina flour, ground almonds, butter & sugar. When baked he poured on a syrup of blood orange juice, cardamom, lemon juice & sugar. He then topped with icing .. the beautiful colour was just the blood orange juice … no artificial colours needed.

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Bernies Amaretto Schichttorte was made with alternate layers of amaretto & chocolate batter , each layer cooked under the grill. To save time she made 2 piles grilled at the same time, sandwiched with apricot jam. The glaze was chocolate, treacle & marge. Its a german treat, 12 layers and she saw it on the Bake Off as one of Paul Hollywoods showstopper challenges.

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We always try our cakes with a cup of Yorkshire tea !! Here are the inside shots … scrummy

Join a future event or be a host !!
Next dates are
Sat 27th April
Sat 25th May TBC
Sat 29th June 10.30 to 12.30
Sat 13th July at Stannington Carnival … enter their cake competition or help us as a judge .

If you have any suggestions for venues or themes please do email me coachmekp@outlook.com
www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

5 reasons to bake cakes with The Underground Cake Club

The Sheffield Underground Cake Club ( formerly Sheffield Clandestine Cake club ) meets monthly to bake to a theme at a secret venue . DSC09303

5 reasons we love baking are

1 Relaxation

2 Creativity … trying to think up new cakes for our theme

3 Fun and friendship …. I have met lots of lovely bakers & their guests, cafe owners & hosts through our events. You can attend as often or infrequently as you like #nopressure . Many people come along by themselves , bearing cake … and everyone welcomes them.

4 New ideas & tips for our baking. At each meeting we all introduce our cakes, what we found easy/difficult, tricky ingredients, cooking tips and everyone shares their tips & experiences.

5 No cake shaming. Every cake is welcome, burnt, sunk, dropped … we love to learn from experience so have fun trying & bring your cake along.

Our event on Saturday was A Taste of Autumn … our bakers did a brilliant job . We were hosted by Natalie at the lovely The Delightful Touch Cafe on Hickmott Rd Sheffield  .

Natalies been baking for years, cooking for over 16 years, Ex of the Wortley Arms ( her venison dish is in the Sheffield Cook Book. ) …she always loved cake & has now opened her own cafe ,with her husband.

 

Here are our yummy cakes

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Annes cake was Toffee Apple and Pecan, chopped apple and pecan, a caramel sponge , caramel buttercream and drizzled caramel with broken up pecans on top.

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Carolyns cake was a ginger & cinnamon cake, with added treacle, a buttercream filling with treacle caramel sauce  & buttercream topping, with homemade pecan brittle , and home blowtorched marshmallow . This was a Martha Collinson recipe ( ex bakeoff … from Waitrose magazine ) .

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My cake was a ginger vanilla plum & mascarpone sponge, made with crystallised ginger. The filling was plums poached in sugar & sweet sherry syrup, with mascarpone buttercream .

And here are the interior shots !!

 

Our next meetings are

15th Dec
19th Jan
23rd Feb
23rd March
Book via our Facebook page The Underground Cake Club Join us !!! Contact me Karen Perkins on coachmekp@outlook.com for more details www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

Brilliant #tramlines excursions 2018

We had a brilliant tramlines again this year, testing out the new Hillsborough Park stages & navigating the lack of trams with a CITYBUS day ticket. #Buslanes  New venues discovered in the fringe & drop off spots for en route snacks . Top tip … when arriving at a fringe venue CHECK the actual line up on the day, as several bands we wanted to see had changed times or dropped out. Then you don’t waste time waiting & can get to your back up !!

Day 1 Set off Friday on the 88 bus to town all giddy. Got my Dayrider.  Fabulous free iced latte ( using offer card from #cmsheffield ) at Coffee 200 Degrees , new to Division St, sat in their window seat watching the kids shrieking on the FreakOut ride by the City Hall.

Met Mr P and leapt on an 86 to Hillsborough, luckily I had my new Co-op festival poncho…as large sploshes of rain started to plop on our heads. Scanned through the VIP entrance in 4 mins flat … we headed for the VIP area, complete with geese. geese at tramlines karen perkins life coach uk sheffield

Worth every penny for the toilets with no queues . Nice cheese & bacon burger to get started. First up, my favourite Everything, Everything looking natty in all navy blue , with orange mac for lead singer. #regretsregrets #distantpast got me dancing !!   Then the Orielles & a bit of Milburn. Poor non VIP’s , massive queues for toilets & Bar. ( Luckily by Saturday Tramlines seemed to have brought in more of each. )

Saw then Stereophonics looking very boyish. Jumped about in the rain and sang along. Left to catch the bus into town, crammed with people, but sadly loads had to walk back the 40 mins in the rain, as no trams . Our bus driver on the First 35 , was a star, helping everyone get safely off at the right stop in the city centre. We hopped off & straight onto a 3 home for a Harrys chips & chilli sauce.

Walked over 5 miles … thus slept in till 9.30 !! Tramlines keeps you fit.

Day 2 . Mahoosive bacon,eggs, black pudding, mushroom, tomato breakfast to set us up for the day.

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Bus to Devonshire Green went to see the Unscene but they had disappeared from the Running Order. Saw Dan LOOPs  then went via the Washington ( nice blue walls) to Hillsborough on the bus and saw

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Hopped on the bus to Plot 22 … where the Train Robbers , Oxymoron, Limit Break were playing outside under a carpark wall . Fantastic venue near the old Sheaf Market & next to the Delicious Clam, home of deliciousclam records. Who knew ?   OUTDOOR STAGE CURATED BY THE EXCHANGE STREET COLLECTIVE
🌟 Limit Break
🌟 Riders Music
🌟 Milly Pye
🌟 Joey Mojito’s Them Sardines
🌟 Aaron The Poet
🌟 Aviators
🌟 MOAN – Sheffield
🌟 TRAIN ROBBERS
🌟 Liam Walsh (RUSTIQUE)

Home by bus …. slept till 9.30 am .

DAY 3
Super sunny day again. Sausage, black pud & fried egg on toast with Fika coffee. Left car near our final venue Picture House Social & bussed into town. First stop Plug, car park from plug tramlines karen perkins life coach uk sheffieldplug car park 2 tramlines karen perkins life coach uk sheffield

then Record Junkee for Brooders   then to Hillsborough #Tramlines on the No 86 . Saw Feet and Lily Moore then back to Record Junkee for Faux Pas …iced latte in Café Nero then 75 bus to Picture House Social.

 

Nice and cool. Played 3 matches of table tennis followed by delicious Arancini , zucchini fries & olives for tea whilst listening to OK Champ from our table. Drinks on the balcony & home for a well deserved rest. Can’t wait for next year … we are MAXfringeing it .

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Music is great for the soul … keep curious  Book a free coaching session with me now !!

See you next year !! @fabcoach

3 ways to harness the power of Nature to relax, at the RHS Chatsworth Show

We made it to the RHS Chatsworth Garden Show today and had an enjoyable morning looking at all the plants, show gardens and displays.

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1 Plan ahead. A large event can be stressful, we ordered the programme with map, by post in advance, found that arriving at 8.30 am would get us near the front of the car park, and we strolled up to the café in the Chatsworth stable block for bacon & egg butties & coffee.  We found out by asking staff , that the gates opened at 9.30 not 10 so we were in and away !! We took a picnic too, so no queueing or expensive food bills.

 

2 Relax, take your time & just wander. Mindfully enjoy the plants and displays. Don’t keep thinking about the next one. If you want to buy .. get a garden plan and an idea of the shapes/colours you are looking for. Get yourself a trolley … and just go with your gut … the growers in the tents are experts and have some fabulous plants on sale. You can always go visit the nursery after the show. Take pics on your phone and do a montage when you get home to see what your dream garden project.

 

3 Don’t stay too long ! Less is more. We enjoyed the displays but left when we had finished …so drove back through Baslow, Froggatt and over Longshaw to see the views.

 

Book a coaching taster now and I will help you plan ahead, get clarity & a better work life balance , or downsize. www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

Cakes from the famous Chefs with Sheffield Underground Cake Club

Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club has become Underground Cake Club as the lovely founder of CCC , Lynn has decided to re retire away from all the stressful admin of running such a fab organisation. CCC is continuing via a Facebook group. Details via Karen Perkins

We met at Walkley Library , as part of Sheffield food festival fringe. Annes cake was Jamie Olivers Tarte Di Nonna . Its a variety of Tuscan Grape cake, with no alcohol , and with the small red sweet grapes replaced by blueberries. It was made with butter, olive oil, flour, eggs plus orange and lemon zest. You put most of the blueberries into the batter, then after 15 minutes in the oven, pop on the rest of the blueberries . #yummy

Sarah & Karens cakes were a #selfie ..by Chef Sarah & Chef Karen … in support of women chefs !! Sarah make an exam proof easy peasy lemon drizzle cake ..still warm.

 

Karen made a double chocolate & raspberry cake with chocolate ganache .

 

Do join us at Underground cake club !!

 

Join us …do contact me at www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

A peek into Open Up Sheffield Open Studios

The biggest open studio event outside London !! We managed to visit 2 new workspaces and a few familiar ones … First off to Trafalgar Studios upstairs high above Trafalgar Warehouse ( next to Corp ) ..a brilliant space for events & exhibitions. Anja Uhren , Annette Griffiths, Katie Edge Mellor, Wandering Beasts , plus lots of artists, jewellers & creatives.

 

I made a promise to myself that I would buy at least one proper real Sheffield Artist painting every year so now I have found my first one for 2018. Its by Annette !! #thankyou If you think what you might spend on clothes, posh outdoor gear …why not get a real painting !! Be brave …I actually saw one she did last year at Bank St , bought a postcard instead of the actual painting …then regretted it !! This year …. I saw one that resonated again …and actually #justboughtit #yay . Its the one I didn’t buy … re -appeared . I am now looking for the Men with Rhubarb one I saw at Art in the Gardens last year …can anyone help me locate it ?

Next off to the Replicast  Studios on East Bank Rd opp Hells Kitchen Diner …. fabulous premises … old office building ..brilliant views . 18 visual practitioners … here are just a few

Their website says “Replicast Studios are a voluntary lead group.
Steve Oxley MD & Jennifer Booth Creative Director
Creatives:
Nelly Naylor | Anna Smithies | Mark Wrigley | Zoyander Street | IOP | Jordanna Farrimond | Mason Kane Thomas | Charlie Barnes | Saskia Palmer | Rebecca Litchfield | Martin Jones | Jenson Grant | Richard Bolam | Tracey Holland | Stacey Sampson

#fabulous …came away with a 3D print rocket from Mark Wrigley. Plus one of Saskias cards. Who was the artist with the wonderful Mountain paintings  …see easel .

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Lots more to see ..off to Exchange Works on Bank Holiday Monday Karen Davies … Peak district , Scottish highlands inspired , beautiful colours.
Every year we see something new and different … get out & see some real Sheffield Art … then buy real art !!
Best wishes Karen

www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk     @fabcoach