Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family- Granny Una’s apple pie by Robbie Cheadle


Time to enjoy the second post in children’s/YA author and poet Robbie Cheadle series of posts from her archives. Apart from her creative writing, Robbie is also a fabulous baker and you will enjoy visiting her online bakery 

Granny Una’s apple pie by Robbie Cheadle

Our Granny Una makes the most delicious apple pie. She has handed the recipe over to the bakers in the family as she is now 94 years old and doesn’t bake that much any more. Her recipe is totally divine and is best when eaten in large quantities with either cream or ice-cream.

Ingredients: Sweet pastry:

  • 250 grams of unsalted butter;
  • 1 cup castor sugar;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 3 cups cake flour;
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt;
  • 2 rounded teaspoons baking power.

Filling:

  • 2 tins pie apples;
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice;
  • 2 tablespoons sugar;
  • 60 grams melted butter;
  • 2 tablespoons brandy OR lemon juice;
  • 2 tablespoons cake flour.

Method:

To make the pie crust, beat softened butter and castor sugar and then beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Knead until a dough forms. Shape the dough into two long blocks and refrigerate (I refrigerate overnight).

Cut the chilled pastry dough into line slices and line the bottom of a prepared baking tin (approximately 35 cm by 25 cm).

Blind bake the bottom layer of pastry for approximately 15 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 190 degrees Celsius.

While the bottom layer of pastry is baking, make the pie filling. Mix the pie apples, mixed spice, sugar, melted butter, brandy OR lemon juice and flour together. I added two handfuls of blueberries just because I had them and I thought it would be fun to do so.

Spread the filling over the based on the pie. Thinly slice the second block of pastry dough and cover the mixture with the slices. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius. Turn the over down to 150 degrees Celsius and bake for a further 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with cream or ice cream.

©Robbie Cheadle

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.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

What a lovely, poignant book! It’s the only one I’ve read that describes what life was like for very young children growing up during World War Two. There is also quite a bit of English history included, which I found quite interesting. The wartime recipes are a nice touch.

It’s told from the perspective of a girl aged 4-6 years old, and focuses mainly on the daily life of kids living through horrendous times, without truly understanding what was going on in the adult world. Many of the stories told reminded me of my Dutch father-in-law’s descriptions of growing up during WWII in the Netherlands.

It’s appropriate for young children as well as young readers. Fascinating read.

Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie Cheadle

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thank you to Robbie for this delicious recipe from her archives and if you would like to share your stories about family, including our fur babies.. then please take a look at the details.

Posts from Your Archives and the theme this time is all about family.

  1. Personal memories of childhood or teens that are still fresh in your mind.
  2. Family history, stories of your parents, grandparents and further back if you can.
  3. Fur family past and present.
  4. Favourite recipes.
  5. Memorable holidays.
  6. Places you have lived.
  7. Memorable homes you have lived in.
  8. Grandchildren tales.
  9. Any family related post – education, health, teen years, elderly care, lifestyle.
  10. Please remember that there are some younger readers who visit.

I think you get the idea.

The aim of this series is to showcase your blog and any creative work that you do from books, art, photography and crafts. You pick between one and four links to posts that you have written for your own blog from the day you started up to December 2018, and you simply send the link to those blogs to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

You have to do nothing more as I will capture the post and images from your blog and I will then post with full copyright to you.. with your creative work and your links to buy and to connect. I might sometimes need a little more information but I am quite resourceful in finding out everything I need.

So far in the Posts from Your Archives from September 2017, there have been over 700 posts from 200 + bloggers that have reached a different audience and encouraged more readers for their own blogs and current posts.

The only issue is the number of photographs and if there are more than five photographs in the post I will do a reblog rather than a separate post. (Media space)

Previous participants are more than welcome

If you are an author who would like to share book reviews and interviews on Facebook then please click on the Literary Diva’s Library image

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – Rationing during World War II by Robbie Cheadle


Today author Robbie Cheadle shares some of the hardships endured by the British people during World War II. Food was rationed but in fairness it did produce a generation of very creative cooks.   You can find out more and enjoy some recipes from that era when you buy  While the Bombs Fell which is written by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton.

 

Rationing during the war by Robbie Cheadle

My mother didn’t have a high opinion of her own mother’s cooking. I remember her describing it as bland and unappetizing. During the writing of While the Bombs Fell, I came to understand the extent of the food shortages that were suffered by the British people during World War II. It led me to wondering if it was really my grandmother’s culinary skills that were the problem or whether it was the lack of ingredients to make into tasty dishes.

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The British government implemented food rationing at the beginning of 1940 and it only ended completely in July 1954. As a result of food shortages, British families found themselves eating some unusual dishes such as the following:

• Whale meat – this meat was rather tough and had a fishy taste;
• Snoek – a canned fish (barracoota) imported from South Africa;
• Horse meat – butchers had to relabel this meat as fit for human consumption as, prior to rationing, it had been fed only to dogs;
• Offal – the innards of an animal such as liver, kidneys and tripe;
• Sheep’s head – the head itself wasn’t eaten, it was used to add some flavour to a vegetable stew;
• Spam – a canned meat made of pork that came for the USA;
• Dried egg powder – used mainly for cooking;
• Pom – powdered potato which was mixed with water to make mashed potatoes;
• Dried milk powder

Butter was not available during the war, so people spread dripping, the fat from roast beef, on their toast instead. Of course, dripping was only available after the traditional roast on a Sunday and then only if the family was lucky enough to afford a tiny bit of beef.

Interestingly, fish and chips were not rationed.

©Robbie Cheadle

About While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZ2NZFK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/While-Bombs-Fell-Robbie-Cheadle-ebook/dp/B07GZ2NZFK

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

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

James rated it it was amazing 25th July 2018

I’m in absolute awe thinking about the creativity within the Cheadle family. Their culinary and literary talents are fantastic. In one of their newer books, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook, Robbie Cheadle and her children take us on an extraordinary journey to the sugar crystal caves which are in danger of melting. Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet save the day showing us how much they love the world they live in. I need to try one of these recipes in the fall… all the creations look delectable. The stories are adorable. It’s the perfect way to bond with children on a lovely weekend where you stay in to have fun! 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
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

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will head over and buy Robbie’s latest book.. thanks Sally

If you would like to promote your blog or books with a guest post then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton


Absolutely delighted to feature While the Bombs Fell which is written by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton.

About While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZ2NZFK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/While-Bombs-Fell-Robbie-Cheadle-ebook/dp/B07GZ2NZFK

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

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

James rated it it was amazing 25th July 2018

I’m in absolute awe thinking about the creativity within the Cheadle family. Their culinary and literary talents are fantastic. In one of their newer books, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook, Robbie Cheadle and her children take us on an extraordinary journey to the sugar crystal caves which are in danger of melting. Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet save the day showing us how much they love the world they live in. I need to try one of these recipes in the fall… all the creations look delectable. The stories are adorable. It’s the perfect way to bond with children on a lovely weekend where you stay in to have fun! 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
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

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will head over and buy Robbie’s latest book.. thanks Sally