Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You with Robbie Cheadle.

Thank you for joining me today and I am sure that many of you already are connected to children’s author Robbie Cheadle, who writes story and cookbooks in the Sir Chocolate series with her equally talented son Michael.. The exciting news is that Robbie will be publishing a new book later this year set in wartime Britain, While the Bombs Fell. We can also expect another new release as part of a YA supernatural/horror series under the name of Roberta Eaton. Exciting times ahead.

Before we get to know Robbie a little better, here is the official word on this talented author and poet.

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

More about Robbie and Michael’s books a little later, now it is time to find out which of the questions Robbie has decided to respond to.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

I never really thought I had any fashion sense as I have a blatant disregard for fashion. My Mother, however, says that I do have a fashion sense, it just isn’t really like anyone else’s. She says it is quaint and quirky.

I am a chartered accountant by training. People have a perception of chartered accountants, especially the women, as having a very conservative way of dressing. Grey, black and navy suits are what come to mind, with formal shirts or blouses, nylons and high heeled court shoes.

I have never favoured these colours or suits of any description. I like to wear colourful and bright clothes in yellows, pinks, pale blues and oranges. During the summer I wear full skirts with frilly, tight fitting tops and flat ballet-style shoes. Alternatively, I wear short dresses with high heeled shoes and no nylons. I love cardigans and have at least 50 in my cupboard. I have a cardigan for every occasion.

Sally here: I found this lovely photo of Robbie on Facebook at a book show wearing a beautiful red dress.

During the winter I like to wear slim fit trousers in bright colours or which sport flowery patterns. I wear long shirts over these trousers with a jersey or cardigan, colourful scarf and often short boots.

Even my hair no longer behaves itself and has gone quite wavy over the past few years. I wear it quite long now and often loose and wavy with a clip to keep it out of my eyes. No short and sharp power haircuts for me.

What do you consider the best “cake” that you prepare – and have you the recipe?

The most popular cake I make is a moist and rich chocolate cake. It is best made in a deep tin. It is not ideal for fondant icing but, as it is my family’s favourite, I often use it, together with a lovely milk vanilla cake recipe, to make a marble cake which is suitable for fondant icing.

I made a short video of how to make the rich chocolate cake which gives the ingredients. I don’t like making videos, partly because my son, Gregory, never seems to have time to do the filming and editing now that he is in high school, and partly because I often do my baking early in the morning when he wouldn’t be around anyway and I am still in my pyjamas. I have never fancied marketing myself as a pyjama-clad baker.

Sally here: You can find a number of tutorial videos on Robbie’s Youtube channel but I have to admit that I was very engaged in her video on how to make my favourite…. Choc Chip Cookies.

What is your favourite childhood song and why?

When I was a young girl we did not have a television in our home. I had to entertain myself by reading books and listening to my Mom’s record collection on her old and battered record player. Before she gave birth to me, my Mom used to enjoy to go to the theatre in London as often as possible. She would buy the record of the Broadway production after the show. She had a huge collection of Broadway records. I loved these records. I used to listen to them over and over again and I learned all the words and would sing along. My younger sister, Cath, also joined me quite often and she also learned the words. Our favourites were Mame, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music.

When my family moved into our new house and my parents moved into the cottage on the same property, my Mom gave her records to me. I still keep them in the old trunk she brought with her from England when we first came out to South Africa when I was a little girl. I often pull them out and listen to them and sometimes the boys come and listen to.

Their favourite is The Warrior from the South African musical Ipi Ntombi.

What is something you look forward to when you retire?

I harbour a hope that when I retire, I will finally have the time to do all the things I want to do. At the moment, I work full time in a demanding job, help my boys with their homework, projects and studying and also write poetry and prose, bake and make my fondant figurines. As a result, I am always frantically busy and never seem to get everything done that I want too. I hope when I retire this will change a bit but it may not as I may just find new projects to take on.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would love to live in England. I love the history and the literature that you find in England. I am not an outdoors person, preferring to spend my time doing fondant art, writing and reading to being outside. I try to squeeze in a bit of walking and pilates for health reasons but it is not a primary love.

I have travelled the UK a bit and my favourite areas are around Canterbury. I love the castles, Cathedral and other historical and religious points of interest. I feel quite familiar with this area now which is an added attraction.

I also enjoy Reading and the surrounding areas. I did enjoy Suffolk, and we have lots of family there, but I think if we moved we would need to be either close to London or Reading from a work perspective.

And I hope Robbie achieves her retirement dream and ends up living in the UK… and I thought that to end her interview I would share one of her music choices with this snippet from My Fair Lady.

Time to take a closer look at books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

About Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet get sugar water from the Sugar Crystal Caves to make delicious goodies for their shop. Unfortunately something is making the crystals melt. What can Sir Chocolate do? Includes four lovely new recipes.

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves.

This latest adventure of Sir Chocolate contains some of the most beautiful decorations in the series so far – the Chrystal Cave must have taken ages to construct and the other fondant figurines are lovely. The recipes are ideal for children as it shows them to make aeroplanes and wind mills with wafer biscuits. Sir Chocolate and Lade Sweet embark on another adventure to make sure that the sugar crystals won’t melt and they would still be able to make cool drinks for the inhabitants.

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

And on Amazon UK:

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads:

Connect to Robbie and Michael


Thank you for visiting today and I know Robbie would love to receive your comments and answer any of your questions.. thanks Sally.

151 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You with Robbie Cheadle.

  1. Ipi Ntombi – I saw that in London, but I haven’t heard anyone mention it for years. I went to meet my friend after work at UAC House, Blackfriars ( United Africa Company ) and we found ourselves whisked off by her two Nigerian ( larger than life chaps ) colleagues to see the musical!
    The rich chocolate cake sounds my sort of cake.

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  2. Lovely to learn more about Robbie. I’m particularly interested in her Roberta Eaton books, and will be checking those out. And Robbie, I think your mother might be right about your fashion sense. Sounds to me like you definitely have one. It’s just unique to you, and that’s great! Sharing!! 🙂

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  3. Thank you Sally and Robbie. I love your fashion sense Robbie. It sounds similar to mine. Thank you for the choc chip cookie recipe and best wishes with your books. I loved the Warrior song although I have not come across the musical. 🌼

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  4. It’s great to read a bit more about Robbie, Sally. I’m a big fan of cardigans as well, but have nowhere near as many as she does. Oh, and love musicals but had never heard the song she shares. Thanks very much! Good luck with the new releases! Looking forward to those!

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  5. Just lovely to see Robbie featured, and to see and hear her ‘in action’ on the video.
    She is such a supportive blogger, and a real part of the community too.
    And her cakes and books are wonderful as well! 🙂
    Thanks, Sally.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. A fabulous interview with Robbie. We didn’t have a television until I was 11 years old so reading and listening to music was our entertainment. I have often thanked my parents for that! I can see you ending up in England one day, back to your roots. I will let you in on a secret. I have been retired for 4 years and I think I actually get less done. Sigh. Maybe it will work better for you but there is something about being busy.

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  7. This was an excellent interview, Robbie. I’m glad you learn you like musicals. When I was little I used to dress up, sing and dance away to The King and I. I still have a big record collection of musicals. Quaint and quirky- love that fashion description. And I do hope you get to move the UK one day. Thanks for having Robbie over, Sally!

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  8. All your cakes sound MARBlEOUS! I know that while you really don’t embrace the idea of being the PJ clad baker, that’s a terrific “hook” and you might have one of the most watched channels, for there are far more of us who run about in our jammies, than not. Think about it…

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  10. Hi Robbie,
    I enjoyed the interview and enjoyed the answers to Sally questions. Your cakes look fabulous and I bet taste even better. I’m a retired CPA and know the feeling about order and detail can be a hindrance as a writer. Sometimes I’m glad it comes second nature. Mmmm. 😎

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  11. Robbie, I love your fashion sense. The color you wore in the photo that Sally found looks so good on you. It was a popular color last year (when I went to parties, many ladies wore that color. It happened that I also wore that color). It looks like you have an exciting trip coming up to go to the UK and Finland. Hope that it will be a holiday, not a business trip.
    Thank you for sharing more of yourself, and thank you, Sally, for the excellent interview.

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  12. What a fun interview! Thanks, Sally, for highlighting Robbie here. You always match the interview with just the perfect photos and videos – quite a task and accomplishment. Robbie – I already knew I liked you from your blog, and your visits to mine. But now, I feel like we’d have a great time meeting each other and just TALKING. Maybe I could even convince you to take a walk with me. :–) You are right in the midst now of the busiest time of your life. I’m so impressed with all you do. And you do it all with such finesse and success. xo
    PS – If we ever do get together, may I have a piece of that amazing chocolate cake???

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  13. Hello! What a lovely and entertaining interview! Robbie, I think you have a fantastic fashion sense. I think you would fit in perfectly here in south Florida.😘 I can’t imagine going to 14 schools! I’m going to have to check out your chocolate chip cookies video on YouTube. I hope when you retire you’ll be able to live in the UK and have time to do all the things you love. Congratulations on your upcoming books! You’re a fascinating woman and I wish you all the best! Thanks for hosting, Sally❣️

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  14. What a beautiful glimpse into the incredibly busy chaotic life of Robbie Cheadle. She must have energy galore to do all the things she does. I love that the family is involved in endeavors together. That is unusual these days. Thanks, Sally, for sharing this.

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  15. How fun to learn more about Robbie. Thank you, Sally.
    Robbie — keep on wearing the colors. What you describe as accountant garb sounds like everyone in DC… (They think adding a bit of “tan” is adding a pop of color.) I stand out like a big sore thumb in my colors and prints. Shine on my friend.

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  17. I enjoyed learning more about Robbie. She certainly is a busy lady. I don’t know how she manages to do all the baking that she does and still have time to care for her family and write. She’s amazing and so talented. Thanks, Sally, for sharing this post with us. Hugs to you both 😘 ❤️

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  18. Wow! I don’t know how you fit in everything you do in 24 hours, Robbie. Respect to you for your time-management skills, because it sounds to me as if you’ve nailed them.
    I’m so glad you enjoy your trips back to the UK. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. There’s so much to see here. not even somebody who has lived here all their life will get to see it all.
    Hoping your dream of retiring here one day does come true.
    Oh, and like your love of cardigans, I have a love for jumpers, especially festive ones. 😀
    Good luck with your upcoming new books. and writing.
    Hugs to you both.

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