Robbie. Well, Sir Chocolate lives in Chocolate Land where you can eat everything, even the trees, flowers and houses.
Robbie. It would be a great pity to eat Sir Chocolate as then there would be no more Sir Chocolate stories.
Robbie. How about we compromise and you nibble a gingerbread house instead?
Robbie. I live in South Africa, far across the ocean from Scotland. It is very sunny and hot here and we spend a lot of time swimming and doing outdoor activities. The Sir Chocolate books series is a family undertaking and everyone has a role. Michael comes up with the story ideas and some of the characters, I write the stories in rhyming verse and design the books, Gregory edits our YouTube recipe videos and Terence (my husband) helps with editing the books. Gregory and Michael are both at school. Gregory started high school this year and Michael is in Grade 5 at primary school.
Robbie. I do not have any hamsters but I do have two cats. Our cats’ names are Push-Push and Smudge and they are very cute.
Robbie They like to nibble on our fondant artwork and give it sticky kisses.
Robbie. Naturally, this is not something Michael and I encourage as we prefer our fondant creations without a coating of cat saliva. Our most recent victim of cat love was the Man on the Moon. We made him from fondant and cheese and he looked really great. We left him on the kitchen table while we went for a walk and when we came back we found that cats really like cheese. Our poor little Man on the Moon was missing his middle.
Robbie Push-Push looks a bit like this:
Robbie. We would love to have hamsters but that poses the question of do cats eat hamsters? Or do hamsters eat cats?
Robbie I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland as she fell through the centre of the Earth while having a debate about whether cats eat bats. Michael loves hamsters, especially, Humphrey, who is the star of his own series of books called According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. Humphrey is really amazing and you could learn lots of great tricks from him.
Robbie. I don’t have a recipe for hamsters but I do have a recipe for cakes and other goodies. You can find some of my recipes in Michael and my Sir Chocolate series of books. Each of these books contains a story about life in Chocolate Land told in rhyming verse, five recipes and a poem. The books are decorated with pictures of our cake, biscuit and fondant creations including one by Michael. Of course, each story also has a villain – what good would a book be without a villain. The villains that Sir Chocolate has battled with in our three published books are the trolls who guard the strawberry cream berries in Book 1, the baby cookie monster in Book 2 and the greedy snail in Book 3. Here are their Chocolateville police identification photographs:
The greedy snails were made by Gregory (back) and Michael (front)
Robbie. Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet live in Chocolate Land. They have lots of adventures where they help make the world a better place and put things that have gone wrong in their village of Chocolateville right. Book 4: Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook will be available in October. The condensed milk river dries up and the little water creatures are suffering. Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet set off on a journey along the river to find out what the problem is.
Robbie. I started baking for three very good reasons: 1. I wanted my children to eat food that was as preservative free as possible; 2. I wanted a fun activity that we could all do together; and 3. I find baking very relaxing as I have a stressful, full-time job.
Here are the cakes we made for Terence’s birthday recently:
Robbie. I have finished the first book in a new series of books for children called Silly Willy. The story is narrated by Cautious Craig, who is 8 years old, and describes the travels of his family with his very naughty and silly younger brother, Silly Willy, in tow. The first book, Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town, is set in Cape Town in South Africa and includes some fun anecdotes about trips to the beach, wine farms and even an ostrich farm. The Silly Willy books include step by step instructions on how to make many of the fondant illustrations and also five fun party cake ideas with instructions on how to make them. Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town will be available in early July 2017.
About Robbie and Michael 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. Robbie is also the author of the new Silly Willy series the first of which, Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, will be available in early July 2017.
Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s books
Sir Chocolate books – currently available
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.
Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook:
Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.
Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook:
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.
Silly Willy goes to Cape Town – available in early July 2017
Blurb: When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and wilful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?
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