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.

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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 .

 

Skyline walking in Cressbrookdale, Derbyshire

Only 20 minutes from Sheffield, the #PeakDistrict is a fantastic place to unwind at the weekend. This Sunday we had a walk of 2 parts. First we visited Cressbrookdale to look at the cliffs, crags & birdlife. Beautiful views & wild landscapes. The weather was a little overcast to start with, however as we usually find, if you just get out there & start walking it often improves! We started at Cressbrookdale.

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Walking on the edge Cressbrookdale cliffs Derbyshire
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Thorn bush on Cressbrookdale cliffs
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Cliff edge Cressbrookdale Derbyshire
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Boots #bootieselfie Cressbrookdale Cliff Derbyshire

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Little and large stiles at Wardlow, Derbyshire

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Mossy walls at Wardlow, where the green showing through heralds spring.

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Snowdrops near Wardlow this Spring 2017
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Snowdrops in Wardlow
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Walls and trees, typical uplifting Derbyshire landscape with the blue sky peeking through.
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Crags at Ravensdale,  Cressbrookdale Derbyshire.

After our first walk we drove to look at the birdlife in Ravensdale, spotting jackdaws & maybe a couple of cronking ravens.

Then off to Curbar Gap, for a coffee & brownie from our favourite Jollys Catering Company & Louis the 2CV van.

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Boots on Baslow Edge Derbyshire 1
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Froggatt Edge from Curbar Edge in Derbyshire today
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Jollys 2017
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Sunset from Longshaw on the way home .

So we had a fantastic day in 2 contrasting place with overcast then bright sunny weather. Another amazing Sunday in Derbyshire, only 20 minutes from Sheffield, no wonder its called The Outdoor City . If you want to improve your work life balance book a free coaching taster or walk with me Karen Perkins! Follow me on Twitter @fabcoach or Instagram @fabcoach.If you are a business in the Peak District , Chesterfield, N Derbyshire or Sheffield join our #Networking events @DalesandPeak .

Have a great week ! Best wishes & happy walking Karen

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Sunset finally complete at Longshaw 

Grab a new Career & CV in 2017 #workshops in S11

Careers & CV Lounge Sessions 2017 with Karen & Rachel

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Book on our fun & info packed 1:1 sessions that will help you

  • Have a great CV & cover letter
  • Find a career or job that suits you
  • Be interview confident
  • Be job ready
  • Ace your jobsearch on & offline

Thursday 26th Jan 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN

Tuesday 14th Feb 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN #loveyourjob

Tuesday 7th March 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN #nationalcareersweek event

Tuesday 25th April 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN #CV School Holiday Special Booking essential

To book your half hour 1:1 slot please email Karen at coachmekp@gmail.com stating

Name, email, Tel no  & preferred date/ time , any access requirements & we will book you in.

Cost £5 per person payable in advance by BACS or Paypal   T & C apply Can be redeemed against purchase of Coaching / CV packages by Karen Perkins Coaching before 31.3.17

Karen Perkins is a qualified Life Career & Business Coach http://www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk/coaching-testimonials.html

Rachel Vincent is a freelance CV writer, Editor & copywriter & associate of Karen Perkins Coaching

Cakes made with Tea Sheffield Clandestine cake club

This months event nearly ended in disaster when I turned up at the venue 30 minutes before the event to find that the lovely Tea cafe & deli was shut up & the host had been rushed to hospital. Quick thinking … we nipped across the road to Bessies Cafe, & like you do, enquired if they could help us out with 15 minutes notice. Fantastic business nous …the chef said ‘ Yes’ so our bakers trooped in ! They do lovely latte too. Thanks to Chef Charly & to Tom who was looking after the cafe for Bessie who was on honeymoon.

Here are our cakes on a theme of Tea. As usual we had some stunning tastes, each one different !

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Charly & Tom from Bessies cafe, 984 Abbeydale Road , Sheffield.

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Cherrys Darjeeling Tea cake was gluten free with ground almonds & pear . Darjeeling syrup was infused into the cream filling.

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Ruths Earl Grey & Lavender cake had a butter cream filling made with 2 egg whites made into a meringue & then added to butter. She researched Lavender & found that all varieties are edible .

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My Bara Brith, was from a recipe a the Hairy Bikers mum. It was deep brown, but not burnt. No fat , just fruit soaked overnight in tea & demarera sugar, added to self raising flour & egg , with mixed spice powder.

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Annes Chocolate Chai cake , was made with Vanilla Chai tea, ground almonds & cardamom.

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Danni brought her granni Mary , who had a fabulous time & went home laden with cakey treats ! Danni made a London Fog cake based on a Canadian recipe using Earl Gray Latte. It used earl grey, ground to a powder in the cake. She drizzled an earl grey syrup onto the sponge cake which made it very moist. The filling was lemon curd & fresh cream.

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Ness made a Masala Chai & Earl grey cake from Fiona Cairns book. Fiona made Will & Kates wedding cake. Earl grey teabags infused with spices, cardamom,ginger & milk made a moist sponge. She used fresh root ginger in the tea infusion, ground ginger in the sponge & chopped stem ginger plus its syrup, in the topping.

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Sarah with min helper Violet, made Masala Chai cake from Chetnas book from last years Bakeoff. Ground cloves & chai with whipped cream topping.

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Michelle made deep moist Black Tea cake with Honey Buttercream frosting.

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Stan made a patisserie standard Assam Tea cake , from an American website. He used buttermilk & 7/8ths flour , a mixture of plain flour & 1/8 cornflour, with a creme custard filling. He lightly sprayed the top with edible gold spray.

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Suzy D made a rosewater cake, using melted butter technology & Pollards rose tea, with added edible rose oil for flavour.

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Here are some pictures of the interiors of our cakes !

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Once again massive thanks to Bessies Cafe

Our next Sheffield CCC meeting is Animal crackers Sat 22nd Oct …then 19th Nov & 10th December .

Please contact Karen Perkins with any enquiries

Baking for fun at Bakewell Baking Festival with Sheffield CCC

Thanks to all the Sheffield bakers who baked to a theme  of Cakes for a Bakewell Picnic . We were honoured to be asked to do a cake demo & cake club . Look we are on the list !

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5 bakers plus at least 3 guests baked for us .

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Here are our cakes: Anne baked a Bakewell Thumbprint cake, based on a biscuit recipe with extra egg, 50% ground almond plus lots of lemon juice. Make holes with your thumb & pour in melted jam.
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Jane made a traditional Victoria sponge with a twist. Bramble jelly filling & adding a little icing sugar & gelatin to set the cream to cope with a warm Bakewell day. One sank & one sindged ..but you would never guess it from the picture ..we are clever amateur bakers !!

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Lemon, lime & orange drizzle cake from Karen, again designed to be heatproof for a hot picnic day ! Lots of juice squeezed on before icing.

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Becky used fresh organic raspberries in her Raspberry Bakewell sponge & the taste was well worth it !

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Amy travelled from Barnsley to join us with her Lemon meringue cake with Italian style meringue… sugar syrup & icing sugar, put on with a palette knife , finished off with a blow torch #eek ..delicious !!

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Join us on 17th Sept via www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk baking Cakes on a theme of Tea
Oct 22nd Animal Crackers cakes . Contact Karen Perkins with any questions via www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk or via @fabcoach on twitter
See you there ! Best wishes Karen

Enter the Women in Innovation awards

Launching the infocus Awards for Women In Innovation

Innovate UK wants to identify and nurture the next generation of brilliant innovators. Women are under-represented in the field of innovation, and that needs to change.

It means as a nation we’re failing to harness, capitalise on and celebrate the entrepreneurial talent of female innovators to the detriment of our economy. Boosting female entrepreneurship could deliver approximately £60bn extra to the UK economy.

So theyprima  1’re launching a special award for women working in innovation, and that’s where you come in.

What are the infocus Awards?

The infocus Awards will celebrate and reward women working across 4 key sectors – Materials & Manufacturing, Health & Life Sciences, Infrastructure Systems, Emerging & Enabling Technologies.

Twelve women will benefit from a valuable tailor-made package of support and four of these will each receive a £50,000 grant to get her brilliant idea up and running.

Could it be you? Could it be someone you work with? Who do you know who could fly the flag for women in innovation?

Help us spread the word

Women in innovation – the UK economy needs you! Are you who we’re looking for? Do you work with someone who’s just right for this award? Please spread the word, and let’s get more women in.
Follow the conversation on twitter #infocus

Kind regards,

Innovate UK
North Star House, North Star Avenue,
Swindon SN2  1UE
www.innovateuk.gov.uk

Find out more about the infocus Awards >

Free Career change & CV workshop 9.3.16

To celebrate National Careers week , Sheffield #NCW2016 Ambassadors Karen Perkins ( Business, Career, Life Coach) & Rachel Vincent ( CV & Editorial Guru ) are offering free taster sessions at Somewhere Else Cafe 965 Ecclesall Rd S11 8TN at Banner Cross . 10.30 till 12.00. on Wednesday 9th March 2016.
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Booking essential, Bring a CV, your career dilemmas & tell a Friend  Or just drop in. buy a coffee & come upstairs for a chat. Book via coachmekp@gmail.com . We will give you a time slot so you can plan your day !
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