Smorgasbord Meet and Greet – Robbie and Michael Cheadle co-authors of the Sir Chocolate book series.

meet and greetWelcome to the return of this Saturday morning post. Smorgasbord Meet and Greet with a slight difference in 2017. Each week I am inviting a blogger or author who never been featured on the blog to introduce themselves and talk about their blog and books. If you would like to take part then please contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com to chat about the best way to showcase your writing, art or photography.

This week an introduction to Robbie and Michael Cheadle who are the co-authors of the delightful Sir Chocolate series of books. You will also find Robbie an invaluable resource when it comes to baking and I do recommend that you head over to her blog to sample some wonderful recipes.

Meet Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet who feature in the Sir Chocolate series of story and cookbooks, with some sugar dough bees.

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When people see our two Sir Chocolate books they ask us two questions: where did you get the idea for Sir Chocolate and his amazing edible world and who creates your illustrations?

My younger son, Michael, came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet who live in Chocolate land where you can eat everything, even the flowers and the houses. Michael also came up with lots of the fun ideas that feature in the published and forthcoming books such as the air conditioner in each house and the dome over Chocolate land to keep things cool (Book 1: Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook), the Baked Alaska Dragon that breathes different coloured fire depending on its mood (Sir Chocolate and the sugar crystal caves story and cookbook – forthcoming) and the fondant big five (as opposed to the African big five) which consists of a lion, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and elephant all made from fondant.

We also have a fondant giraffe and monkey as I had a blonde moment when I was making the fondant animals and thought the giraffe was one of the big five animals (Sir Chocolate and the fondant five story and cookbook – forthcoming). Everyone laughed at me but as the giraffe was so difficult to make, we decided to keep him as an accomplice in that particular tale. Michael has a very vivid imagination and has the most superb ideas.

Meet the Fondant Big Five.

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Michael suffers from chronic asthma and sinusitis and has missed a lot of school as a result of illness. He suffers from an auditory processing disorder and also finds the physical action of writing very difficult. When Michael was six years old we started writing the first Sir Chocolate books together. My initial motivation was to encourage him to write. We made good progress with the writing and I started encouraging Michael to draw pictures to go with the stories.

Our stories progressed. On the work front I started writing non-fiction publications (two of them were telephone directory size so it was quite an effort) about listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and this taught me a lot about writing and publishing and gave me some insights into marketing as I was required to write articles for business magazines and the press about my publications. I learned a bit about social media and made some guest appearances on CNBC Africa and some other local television business programmes. I was writing a lot of poetry at that time and I decided it would be fun to convert Michael’s little books and ideas into stories told in rhyming verse.

Michael and my other hobby is baking and fondant art. We often sit at the kitchen table making fondant art together. I had the bright idea of illustrating the books using photographs of the characters, houses and scenes made from cake, biscuits and fondant. This was inspirational and there is no end to the amazing cakes, gingerbread houses and cupcakes that we have made and will make to illustrate our stories. The crowning touch was a suggestion by my brother in law that we include some of our simple recipes in the books. We put all of these ideas together and the Sir Chocolate series of story and cookbooks was born.

Sir Chocolate and the trolls attending a halloween party at the haunted gingerbread mansion

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During the first quarter of 2016, I took the first drafts of Books 1, 2 and 5 to the Sunday School where I teach and read them to the children. They were incredible receptive to the whole concept and it was very gratifying to see their enjoyment of the stories and pictures. A friend from our Church then suggested that I send these stories to an acquaintance of hers who was in the publishing world and that is how I met Anne Samson from TSL Publications. Anne was most enthusiastic about Sir Chocolate and has been wonderful in helping Michael and I get two of our books published during the second half of 2016.

There are currently two books available in the Sir Chocolate series, as follows:

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About Book 1: Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet live in Chocolate land where you can eat absolutely everything. Join them on a fantastic adventure to find the amazing strawberry cream berry and learn how to make some of their scrumptious recipes at the same time.

Lovely concept and a wonderful idea for young Master Chefs in the making  By Carolien Samson on January 8, 2017

The whole concept of these books is lovely with the story told in rhyme and revolving around baking and candy elements. This series is ideal for budding Master Chefs as it includes easy recipes that form some of the plot elements. What really sets it apart is the use of the beautiful fondant figurines in the illustrations. We look forward to reading more of Sir Chocolates adventures.

From Goodreads

Zita Fernandes Jan 04, 2017
This is an amazing book for young children and it has all the amazing recipes that we as parents can enjoy making with our children – amazing :

Gugu Mguni – it was amazing
Very good book for children, the recipes are very simple to follow and understand for children.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-Chocolate-Strawberry-Cream-Berries-ebook/dp/B01MCRJ

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About Book 2: Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet live in Chocolate land where you can eat absolutely everything. Join them on a fantastic adventure to find the amazing strawberry cream berry and learn how to make some of their scrumptious recipes at the same time.

From Goodreads.

Julie rated – it was amazing
A unique journey for parents/adults and children to do something fun together in the kitchen. I love this series!

Zintle rated – it was amazing
Excellent read with very creative illustrations. The baking recipes are great and would work for baking with one child and party groups for added fun.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Cookie-Monster-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B01N2T89RS

About Book 3: Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook – Available March 2107.

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

You can also buy the books at the following links at LULU

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robbie-cheadle-and-michael-cheadle/sir-chocolate-and-the-strawberry-cream-berries/paperback/product-22795575.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robbie-cheadle-and-michael-cheadle/sir-chocolate-and-the-baby-cookie-monster/paperback/product-22902245.html

TSL Publicationshttp://tslbooks.uk/authors/robbie-and-michael-cheadle/.

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About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

Connect to Robbie Cheadle.

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Plus.googlehttps://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

If you have never been featured here on Smorgasbord and would like to introduce yourself please contact me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com so we can talk about how we showcase your blog, books, art, photography or other creative work.

Please help spread the word about Robbie and Michael Cheadle and their books.. thanks Sally

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  4. What an absolutely amazing idea and wonderful photographic illustrations made from the fondant work. I can see this series being huge – a real cult thing. I don’t know nothing so forgive me if I’m barking up the wrong tree but all I could see while reading the article is grandma reading the book to her grandkids and then baking with them. It is classic and traditional in the sense that it harks back to a simpler time when people had time for each other and everything wasn’t done on facebook and kids weren’t plonked in front of a TV. It’s what i remember about my Nan – and I still love her memory. I hope this book is the huge success it deserves to be – it’s such a brilliant, charming and original idea.

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  5. I love stories and chocolate and having them all rolled into one is such a treat and terrific idea. The only problem is that I don’t have a chocolate bar on hand, and I really need one after reading this post. 🙂

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