This is part of the Photo A Day challenge for July.
Number 9. BIG.
Want to see my latte art?
I am delighted to hand my #CharityTuesday page over to @C2C_Run Abi (from @TheCakeNest) today. She is going to tell you about the incredible charity run that she is doing to raise much-needed money for @AdventureFarm. I know that there is no way I could even contemplate running 180 miles so it is deep respect and admiration that I added my donation and with much pride that I’m sharing her story. In her own words, over to Abi:
I will cover the breadth of the country at Easter, running 180 miles coast-to-coast between Tynemouth and Whitehaven on my own, with just my husband Stephen for support and our dog, Crackers.
Abi hopes that Crackers will run in the same direction as her one day!
I am a mother-of-two and hope the two-week challenge, hot-footing the famous Reivers Coast to Coast cycle route, will raise over £2,500 for The Children’s Adventure Farm, which provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. They are an amazing charity that rely solely on donations, providing special holidays to special children.
My inspiration for the challenge has come from Eddie Izzard, who in 2009 completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief, despite no prior history of long-distance running. I am not an athlete, up until 3 years ago I’d never run for more than a bus!
I just thought he was amazing, the way he kept going. I do think there’s going to be a point in my challenge when I’m tired and don’t want to get up. But I have made a commitment to the charity, and it is also something that I want to do for myself as well. In January I completed my first marathon as a “mini-event” in the lead up to this. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but the feeling at the end is indescribable. I felt like I could do anything – except walk the following day!
Jenny from CAFT, Crackers the dog, Abi and Linda Arkey – the Mayor of North Tyneside
The sharp eyed (or really bored) among you will have seen the smiley face from the ghosts before….. Corny had a very similar expression!
The only problem with my cakes is that although I can decorate them ok I’m not the best cake maker in the world! Look nice, need lots of cups of tea to get ’em down!
Should add at the end here, that if you want cakes you can actually eat….. go to www.thecakenest.co.uk
*PLEASE NOTE – THE TIME OF THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 12noon-6pm*
What are you doing on October the 9th?
Do you have a brownie recipe that friends and family drool over and repeatedly ask you to bake?
Are you a home cook who has a passion for chocolate loveliness?
Do you think it’s time the world knew how great your brownies are?
Would you like YOUR recipe to be added to the fabulous ‘a piece of cake‘ range from The Cake Nest?
OR maybe you just like eating brownies?
If you answered YES to any of the above then you need to read on!
Taking place on Saturday October 9, 2010 at Old Street cycle café, Look Mum No Hands, the event will be a celebration of the most popular patisserie in the UK. A panel of brownie-experts will decide what makes the perfect brownie; Derbyshire cake company, The Cake Nest, will incorporate the winner’s recipe into their A Piece of Cake range, using it exclusively as their brownie recipe. The winner will also receive a six-month supply of Divine chocolate.
As well as the judging, The Great Brownie Bake Off will also be celebrating all things baking by hosting demonstrations through out the day, including an appearance from Edd Kimber, contestant on BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off and writer of fantastic food blog, www.he-eats.com, as well a guided fine chocolate tasting from Louise Thomas of The Chocolate Consultancy Ltd.
The Great Brownie Bake Off was inspired by an on-going collaboration with West Country bakers, Hobbs House Bakery, in search of creating the perfect brownie and as a step further in their search, the team has decided to turn to the UK’s home bakers for help.
The Great Brownie Bake Off will be a wonderful opportunity to learn what the British public conceives the perfect brownie to be. Is it fudgy and moist, should it have a crackling crust? Should it be large enough to pick up with both hands, or should these be dainty bites of indulgence? Should it include nuts and fruits or should it be made with milk, white or dark chocolate? What makes the perfect brownie and how do we make it?
The judging panel includes Founder of The Cake Nest, Abigail Phillips, Square Mile’s Award-winning Barista, James Hoffmann, Award-winning London chocolatier, Paul A. Young, Hungry Cyclist, Tom Kevill-Davies, chocolate experts, Lee McCoy and Jennifer Earle, also of Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, Jane Manson, Founder of Virtuous Bread, Food Bloggers, Kavita Favelle and Mathilde Delville and Fred Ponnavoy, Head Chef at Gü Chocolate Puds.
Home bakers and non-professionals have until October 2, 2010 to submit their entry; please contact Louise Thomas for further information. Profits raised at the event from entry fees shall be donated to cycle charity, Wheels for Wellbeing. Baking enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to sell their home baked goods on the day, with 10% of the profits to be donated to this charity.
THE GREAT BROWNIE BAKE OFF
DATE: Saturday October 9, 2010
TIME: 12:00 – 18:00
ADDRESS: Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
TUBE: Old Street (Northern Line)
PRICE: £1.70, including re-entry. £1 of which to be donated to Wheels for Wellbeing
CONTACT: Louise Thomas
TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 7729 287198
TWITTER: @TChocolateC / #GBBOchoc
About The Chocolate Consultancy Ltd
Ex-pastry chef, Louise Thomas, created The Chocolate Consultancy to raise awareness of the world of fine chocolate. Through speciality chocolate events and freelance consultancy for the retail, hospitality and chocolate industries, Louise Thomas aims to bring the best, fine-flavoured chocolate to the consumer and create an understanding of this beautiful product and how we can use it to enhance the flavour of our baking and cooking.
About The Cake Nest
The Cake Nest is a small, family-run business based in High Peak, Derbyshire. The founder, Abigail Philips, gave up her previous employment as a bank manager to be a stay-at-home mother for her two children. Following her love for making cakes for friends and family, she decided to officially launch The Cake Nest in 2009 to create a cake for every celebration. Since then The Cake Nest has also launched their A Piece of Cake range, which enables customers to have a fresh slice of cake delivered to their door across the UK.
The Cake Nest aims to keep things traditional only using free-range eggs, inspired by their own chickens, with no added preservatives. Their cakes can be made to customer’s specific requirements to avoid any allergy issue and specialises in wheat-free.
About Fred Ponnavoy, Head Chef at Gü Chocolate Puds
Ponnavoy trained as a pastry chef in Burgundy before travelling across Europe to hone his skills. He further developed his passion for chocolate and patisserie by studying at the prestigious culinary Parisian school, Lenôtre, before arriving in the UK. Here he worked in patisserie for Stapleford Park Hotel, Leicestershire, and Alexander House, in West Sussex, before being offered Head Pâtissier at Westminster’s Bank Restaurant. From here, Ponnavoy worked under reputable Italian chef, Giorgio Locatelli, in Ceconni’s in 2001 before joining Gü in 2003.
What is there not to love about cake?
Even the word is nice. It starts with a C, I like words that start with the letter C. It is one of those words that only has happy connotations – yes yes, I know if you are dieting then it becomes a tad taboo, but, that is because it is so nice.
Ooooh at this point I feel the need to say that this is NOT a sponsored post.
The reason I have pointed that out is because this post is about one specific cake maker. A very lovely lady called Abi who is @thecakenest and makes just the nicest cakes I have ever tasted. So much so that I felt moved to write this post. Good cake should not be kept secret!
What I love best about The Cake Nest is that you can join a cake club – you can sign up for a weekly or monthly slice of cake! Or, just order a one off. How fantabulous is that! They come lovingly packaged and Abi will happily add a personal note if you want her to – making this the perfect gift.
I have tried 2 different varieties of @thecakenest cake, I have tried a deliciously moist chocolate cake that has a hint of raspberry through the chocolate frosting – a very professional cake with deep, rich flavours.
I have tried the all chocolate cake – OMG yum doesn’t even come close!
I can see from the website that there are many other options – my only dilemma is what to try next? Think it is going to be the chilli chocolate cake – not sure that it could compete with the all chocolate cake but it sounds intriguing and just HAS to be tried!
Arrived today and what a lovely surprise all the way from the US of A!
As you can see it contains a bag stuffed full of ‘bold’ starbucks coffee (which is brewing in my cafetier as we speak) a bag of traditional ‘fall’ sweets and a beautiful hand-made book mark – along with a lovely note from the sender! Thank you @moneypenny_usa for my lovely gift x
I didn’t receive anything, boo! And the person I sent to didn’t acknowledge receipt of theirs either
Not sure what happened to the 7th, I forgot to blog it! Sorry.
But the 8th arrived today:
I’m so excited by the notebook. I’ll probably never write in it because it’s new, and perfect and lovely and therefore anything I write in it will sully it….however I will keep it and love it! The book mark is brilliant and is already tucked into the book that I’m reading – you can’t beat an evil penguin!
It was accompanied by a lovely little note, well it looked lovely until I read the back and realised it was made from recycled sheep poo!
Many, many thanks to Charlotte for my lovely gift.
And to Heather for creating the Secret Post Club
I got my secret post club parcel really early this month! What a lovely surprise
What’s extra lovely is that the book was bought in America (I think) it has that lovely rough cut feel to the pages that I simply adore.
I love this gift, cherish books as a rule anyway and I’m really looking forward to reading this one (with it’s lovely rough uncut pages…..) – I never buy magazines so it will be a real indulgence when I settle down with this one and my LARGE bar of chocolate!
BIG thanks to www.mumof4.wordpress.com for my lovely gift.
BIG thanks to @notefromlapland for the Secret Post Club.
I was getting a little petulently put this as October ticked on by and I didn’t receive my secret post club parcel – so it was extra lovely to come home on Friday to find not one, but two lovely slices of @thecakenest chocolate cake waiting for me!
Thank you @arcticmummy
A HUGE thank you to @carolinemathews for my 4th secret post club parcel – packed to the brim with loveliness! A cutesy notepad, a gorgeous cupcake note, a KitKat dark (which is now in the fridge for later!), a girly sparkly headband and a FAB Olay Total effects radiance enchancing cream wash!
I feel spoiled rotten today – this is like a little birthday!
Thank you Caroline and thank you @notefromlapland for the #secretpostclub
Huge thanks today to ‘Laura’ for my secret post club parcel.
I got 2 packages in the post today – the 1st filled the room the the aroma of fresh coffee as soon as I opened it! It was wonderful and it contained a beautifully quilled (I think that is what it is called, although I may need to look that up…) card which said that this was part 1 of my secret post club gift and that I needed to fill the kettle, make the coffee and enjoy it with part 2….
Fortunately, part 2 was delivered at the same time (well done royal mail!) so I got to enjoy my lovely coffee with a slice of @thecakenest gorgeous double chocolate cake!
Thank you Laura – although you didn’t include your twitter name so I don’t know who you are to say thank you properly
And big thanks to Heather for the Secret Post Club.
It was my son’s 9th birthday yesterday so when a brown box was delivered I assumed it was for him….. but no, MY name was on the top! Childish excitement then ensued as I sat down to open the box – inside I found:
First thing I noticed was the lovely smell! Which was confusing to start with as the first thing I found was a box of 3 different types of coffee (I can’t wait to try these in my cafetiere!), then I found an envelope with a note to me enclosed from the lovely @elainescott77 of elainescott77.blogspot.com who sent my parcel. Further down in some bubble wrap was a massive cat cup and saucer and then finally towards the bottom I found the source of the lovely smell…. not illict drugs as it looks in the photo but a packet of delicious smelling bath fizz!
x x x x x
ps I would love to add a secret post club badge to my wordpress blog – does anyone have the code?
I literally ripped it open to find:
A tin of mints in a lovely art deco case, a gorgeous little heart shaped sign saying ‘sunshine follows the rain’, a sweet little note pad, some chocolate and a tiny silver globe with a note saying ‘the little world is for you to keep in your pocket so that you remember the world is yours you just have to believe’ how cute is that!
Heartfelt thanks to Sara for my gift and note – I really appreciate it!
And heartfelt thanks to Heather @notefromlapland for the whole Secret Post Club!