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Blog Tour of The Sinking Chef WEEK ONE

I’ve been so fortunate this week to have many bloggers read and review The Sinking Chef. It’s hard to keep track of everyone on Twitter, so I decided to recap WEEK ONE in this blog post.

I’ll do the same for WEEK TWO. It’s just so much FUN!

On Monday 18th of September, the Blog Tour began at The Writing Garnet.

“Fun, flirty and pretty bonkers; The Sinking Chef is perfect for folk who just want to read…”

I liked “Fun, flirty and pretty bonkers” so much that I started using it as a catch phrase of Twitter!
Thank you, Kaisha!

Get in touch with Kaisha @kaishajayneh on Twitter!

Also on Monday, I talked to lovely Emma at WhyWordsWork.There will be a review of The Sinking Chef by Emma in WEEK TWO of the blog tour.

Thank you, Emma!

Get in touch with Emma @ERHollands on Twitter.

Tuesday, the 19th The Sinking Chef visited Zoe at BookAddictRambles. “It was the ridiculousness of it that made me keep reading, I wanted to know what outrageous thing happened next.”

Thank you, Zoe for reading and reviewing! You can connect with Zoe on twitter @colourzoe2008

On Wednesday the 20th, The Sinking Chef was reviewed by author Lynsey James who has written some awesome novels herself. 

She was very kind and had this to say “Ashley reminded me a little of Rachel Khoo, who filmed her Little Paris Kitchen series directly from her own kitchen!”

Thank you, Lynsey! Get in touch @Lynsey1991 

Thursday, the 21st was a turbulent day. Ashley made Claire at BrizzleLass Books angry with her wayward ways. All was well in the end because Claire and I agreed that although a little naive Ashley is very memorable. You can’t go wrong with that 🙂

I thought Claire had a little crush on Giacomo “Giacomo […] is lovely, so committed to his vision and his business and he really cares for her and his family as well. I love his sense of humour and it’s a shame we don’t see a bit more of it.” But we’re not going to talk about it ON THE INTERNET, of course.

Connect with Claire at her mental health blog as well as Twitter @BrizzleLass.

Friday, my all-time favourite day of the week, was shared by two ladies Fede at her ItaPixie’s Book Corner and Stacey at Books, Dreams, Life.

Both ladies were happy with Giacomo and Ashley, with Stacey saying “Another great read from Sylvia. She does a great job with the writing. I was so happy to be able to come back to Ashley and Giacomo’s adventure. While reading this I was getting hungry with the recipes, of course, I wrote them down to try out one of these days.”

Do let me know if you do try them out, Stacey! I’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch with Fede (who is Italian by the way, my favourite food country) at @ItaPixie 

Saturday, the 23rd was for Marianne at Books, Dreams and Everything (beautiful, beautiful blog!) and for Em at AfternoonBookery.

Both reviews were thoughtful and kind, for which I’m grateful.

Marianne said, “It is the humour which defines this book and which runs throughout.”

While Em thinks “The Sinking Chef is a laugh out loud fast-paced read…”

Connect on Twitter with Em @Afternoonbooker and Marianne @bookslifethings 

Sunday, glorious Sunday (seriously, the sun is shining where I live which is such a blessing at the end of the Summer) was also shared.

First up was sunshine Sarah “The book is written very well and makes for great reading because of this. I loved having the recipes at the beginning of each chapter as well, definitely got my mouth watering for sure! Perhaps sometime soon I’ll try my hand at one or two….!” Yay, Sarah, definitely try them out!

Connect with Sarah on Twitter @sunshinesarahxo


Last for this week was Amanda at ChocolatePages, which is a blog that I follow and read because I like Amanda’s reviews. When I read her verdict I was pretty chuffed. “As regular readers of ChocolatePages would know, I do enjoy a good foodie book, and more recently I have taken a liking to books involving social media. When I read the description of this book a cookery channel on youtube and humorous, I was pretty sure I would enjoy the book. I did enjoy reading The Sinking Chef, very much.”

Connect with Amanda on Twitter @Chocolate_Pages

All in all, I’m knackered from all the emotions. I can’t believe there is another week to go of this BlogTour!

It’s hard to say how many stars would the book get on Amazon and Goodreads, but I think The Sinking Chef is doing pretty well. Hopefully, the bloggers will post the reviews soon and I’ll know for certain.

Last, the GIVEAWAY.

Enter here for a chance to WIN £25 Amazon vouchers and eBook copies of The Sinking Chef.

Until next week!



My favorite food vloggers

YouTube is a big part of my life right now. Not only is the heroine of my latest book a vlogger with her own YouTube cookery channel, Ashley from The Sinking Chef (Pot Love book 2), but I’m quite enamoured with some food vloggers myself.

Here is a list of the channels I have been devouring lately.

  1. How To Cake It
    Yolanda’s sparkling personality manages to eclipse even her epic cakes. The duo Yolanda on-screen and giggling Joslyn off-screen works perfectly. I’ve been known to wait for the new episode every Tuesday quite impatiently. I’m also on How To Cake It VIP list, alongside about 3 million other people, but hey – I’ll take whatever I can get 😁
  2. Cupcake Jemma
    Jemma is British and when she says 175 grams I actually know what she’s talking about (sorry guys!). I’ve done loads of her recipes and they always, always work. Also, who can resist those adorable dimples? Not me. 💗
  3. How To Cook That
    Ann Reardon has an adorable Aussie accent and shows some of the most amazing hacks in the kitchen. She’s incredibly creative and is involved in all sorts of charities, which is important to me. She’s also one of the vloggers I’m positive doesn’t throw any food away, because she mentions that her children eat it all.
    The mum of my dreams. #IShouldBeSoLucky 😍
  4. TatianasEverydayFood
    Tatiana is so pretty and calm. I love watching her cook. Also, her recipes are very versatile, easy to follow, and come out looking great. What’s not to like? 🍰
  5. Japanese Cooking 101
    My daughter introduced me to this channel. She’s into all things Japanese right now and wanted to try out some of the recipes. We did try them and they all tasted great. Finally, the two ladies, Noriko and Yuko, are just adorable. 🍜
  6. Peaceful Cuisine
    Here is a different one for you. This is the channel of Ryoya from Japan. He’s making this incredibly sensual videos with no music and no other sound than the noises utensils make while he’s cooking. Sometimes he has music, but it’s always very mild. His recipes are all vegan because he wants to be good towards himself, the environment and all things living. I’m bowled over by his gentleness. 🙏

And here is another list of vloggers drawn up by The Telegraph.

These are my go-to channels but they are by no means an exhaustive list. There are some brilliant vloggers I’m yet to discover. If you have any recommendations for me, please leave a link in the comments below.

Thanks! 💋

Prosecco Cake

This recipe is from the Christmas special of my Pot Love series.

The book is coming out 17 November 2017. Yay!

The recipe for Prosecco cake was featured in my newsletter last week. In my newsletters, I usually give out recipes and freebies, talk about upcoming book releases and giveaways, and present fellow writers.

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Prosecco Cake

Butter, unsalted: 350 gr/3 sticks

Sugar: 350 gr/1 ¾ cups

Eggs: 6

Self-raising flour: 350 gr/ 2 ¾ cups

Prosecco: 100 ml/ ½ cup

Raspberry jam: 100 ml/ ½ cup


For the buttercream

Butter, unsalted: 300 gr/2 ½ sticks

Icing sugar: 600 gr/3 cups

Prosecco: 100 ml/ ½ cup



In a very large bowl put the butter and sugar together and whisk with an electric mixer for about a minute. Continue mixing while gradually adding the eggs, one at a time. Pour in the Prosecco and beat until smooth. Don’t worry if the mixture looks like it has split, it will come together when the flour is added. Fold in the flour using a spatula.

Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.

Butter the inside of 2 deep, loose bottomed 23 cm/ 9 inch tins. Spoon the mixture into the tins, level the top and bake for 45-50 mins or until the cakes are well-risen and golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then turn them out onto a rack.

While the cakes cool, make the icing. Beat the butter with the icing sugar until fluffy and pale. Add the Prosecco and beat again until the frosting is smooth.

Level the cakes if you need to and spread the raspberry jam on one of the cakes followed by some of the butter cream. Put the other cake on top. Roughly ice the cake all over in a very thin layer with a couple of tablespoons of buttercream, this will help all the crumbs stick to the cake and help make the outer layer of icing nice and clean. Chill for about 20 minutes or until the cake is no longer sticky.

Ice the cake all over with the remaining buttercream.

Decorate with strawberries, prosecco flavored sweets, mini meringues and anything else that takes your fancy. Cut a generous slice and eat it with a glass of the remaining Prosecco.

Let me know if you try this recipe!