Waterstones’ Blogger Mystery: Day Three


Dear Diary,

I’m here to update you on the latest events at the house.

After hearing the news of human blood by the lake I decided to stay in my room and relax a little. I resumed my seat by the window and was hopeful in reaching some phone signal, I hadn’t tweeted in days and was starting to feel cut off from reality. I watched the police plod around the grounds, they seemed like they would be sticking around for a while, so I felt fairly safe.

Later in the afternoon the Librarian came to each room and announced that he would be hosting a banquet in the main dining hall. I thought this was an excellent idea, and would help everyone to take their minds off the last few days. A few of the others were really quite shaken by the whole situation.

At this point there had been no mention of leaving the house. I hoped that once the police had finished their work we would be bundled into a taxi and sent on our way.

After a couple of hours we all made our way down to the main dining hall. I noticed that everyone was make-up free, including myself. It’d been a draining few days and we didn’t have many supplies with us. We entered though the big wooden doors and were met with the most spectacular display of food I’ve ever seen. The sheer variety and quantity made it look like a scene from a film, or as though I’d fallen back in time and stumbled upon a King’s banquet table. I was rather taken by the tall candles, quite different from my collection of Yankee and Neom. It was almost as though the Librarian had planned this evening weeks in advance. Surely not? I once again found myself toying with the idea that we could all be part of a game or perhaps a TV show. I quickly pushed this thought aside, you needed consent forms for that stuff.

I was delighted to find that the Librarian had made a huge batch of mulled wine to go alongside the fine food. I’m really not sure how he managed to organise this feast, he must have had some help. Although I was having a lovely evening I couldn’t help but notice that Sian was still in her room. I know she’d had quite a fright but being around others and taking her mind off things might help.

I wasn’t the only one, either. Beth had noticed Sian’s absence and went to check on her, while Becky and I waited in the dining room. She was gone for quite some time and I presumed she was encouraging Sian to come and join us. All of a sudden someone came running down the stairs at quite a speed. Noise travels easily in these old places. Beth burst into the room out of breath and very shaken, similar to how Sian had appeared the day before. She told us that she’d found Sian in her room with red eyes and fangs and that for her own safety, Beth had grasped the nearest blunt object and knocked Sian clean out.

The Librarian rushed upstairs and a short while late he returned to tell us that Sian was nowhere to be found. He seemed to think there’d been a struggle though, the room was in a bit of a state. After he finished explaining his findings he informed us that the house was on a lock-down, turned on his heel and headed for the far door. We followed the Librarian into the library. He was picking books from the shelves and muttering to himself that this must be the work of a single creature, something from a work of fiction. He suggested that we leave him to investigate and not to worry too much because the police would still be knocking about.

We had no choice but to continue our stay at the house. I was disappointed with this revelation, I’d been hoping to leave later in the evening and tackle the mountain of work I needed to catch up on. With yet another mysterious happening to mull over, we all decided to head off to bed. I fell asleep dreaming of solving mysteries.

You can read my first entry here, find out how you can win a £50 voucher and keep up to date with the latest clues on Twitter.

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Career inspiration: Natasha Ngan – YA Author & Blogger

Career Inspiration is a new series here on Prettygreentea. I’ve spent the last few months interviewing an inspirational and hard-working bunch of people from the blogging world. The aim of these interviews is to help those of you looking for career inspiration or simply a kick of motivation.

It’s very hard to know what you want to do in life and I’ve always loved finding out what others do and the journey they took to get there. So, please enjoy my first interview with the inspirational Natasha Ngan – YA author and blogger over at Girl in the Lens.


Congratulations on the publication of your second book, The Memory Keepers. When did you realise you wanted to become an author?

I’ve wanted to be an author from young, since as long back as I can remember. Reading and writing has always been my biggest passion. I grew up surrounded by books, and as an only child they were like company, friends even, to me. Being an author is the one thing I never believed I could do, and yet the one thing I could never imagine not doing.

How did you go about finding a publisher?

I started with getting an agent first, which today is most writers’ first step to being published since the majority of publishers don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. I was lucky to have a few offers of representation from agents, and ended up choosing the wonderful Nicola Barr from Greene & Heaton. Together, we revised my first novel, The Elites, before sending it out to publishers. Two days later, we had our first offer!

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study?

I went to Cambridge University and studied Geography, of all things! Everyone always thinks I must have studied English, but I chose Geography because I adore English enough already and spend so much of my free time reading and writing. Plus, we studied the most interesting things during my degree – I specialised in Cultural Geography – and many of them went on to inspire my stories.


What made you start your blog, Girl in the Lens and how has it played a part in your career?

I started GITL with my boyfriend Callum three years ago, when I was working at a social media agency in London. It seemed like a great way to learn more about social media, and something creative Callum and I could work on together (he does all the beautiful photography you see on the blog!). Back then, I had no idea how big a role it would play in my career. Now I’m half blogger, half author! It constantly surprises me how much my two worlds interact. I’m lucky that my blog readers are interested in my writing, and vice versa, and have even spoken on panels at literary events about blogging.

What is a typical work day like?

It’s usually pretty manic trying to balance writing and blogging, and every day is a working day – I don’t have weekends! There isn’t really a typical day, and it depends on whether I have either blog or author events. But every day I wake up and check my social media accounts and emails on my phone – which usually ends up taking at least half an hour and I still haven’t gotten out of bed! Then I’ll sit down properly to answer emails after breakfast and write a blog post or two. I usually work on blog-related things until mid-late afternoon, which is when I realise I probably should devote a bit of time to writing! In the evening I might pop into London for an event or two, and I always finish the day where I started it – in bed checking emails and notifications on my phone! I really must stop doing that.

What keeps you motivated?

Life! It sounds so cheesy, but for me I’m constantly amazed by the world, by the fact that I’m here at all, living and breathing. I don’t understand people when they say they’re bored – how can you be bored?! There’s so much to see and do! I think a big part of that though is my health. I have a genetic condition and a heart problem, which I’m actually having an operation for next month (fingers crossed!). These affect me constantly, every day. I guess I don’t have the privilege of taking life for granted because I’m so aware of my own mortality. So even though it’s a struggle to work so much, I want to keep pushing and challenging myself every day, to make the most of my time here and keep reaching for my dreams.

What direction would you like to take your career over the next few years?

With the blog, I’d love it to develop even more in terms of readership and content. Callum and I are always pushing ourselves to provide bigger and better content for our amazing readers, and we have a redesign to launch soon which will hopefully offer even more from our platform. With writing, I’d just love to be able to keep publishing more books. It’s a dream to make the bestseller list, but ultimately I just want to be able to keep on writing. Every time a reader gets in touch to tell me how much they loved my book, I think - this. This is what makes it all worthwhile.

Finally, do you have any tips for others aspiring to become an author?

Go for it! It’s such a hard industry – not only to break into, but to actually stay in, as there’s not a lot of money involved unless you’re one of the big names, and a lot of your success rests on luck. But if you love writing, you’ll be doing it anyway. I wrote my first novel while I was working full-time in London, and though it’s tough, I couldn’t not do it. The story was in me and I had to tell it. So go for it, you amazing people! Just keep at it, keep writing, keep finishing your work and putting it out there, and who knows what could happen?

Thank you so much for taking part in this series, Natasha. I wish you the best of luck with your future career and will continue to follow your daily updates and hopefully I can treat you to a coffee soon. You can find Natasha over on Girl in the Lens, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

If you would like to take part in my Career Inspiration series then just drop me a message on Twitter.

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Waterstones’ Blogger Mystery: Day Two



Dear Diary,

We were asked not to leave the house due to the current circumstances. We all agreed and enjoyed a selection of brownies and macarons for breakfast, an unusual choice but this was a blogger event. It was all washed it down with a few cups of strong coffee and some chatter about the previous night.

I spent some time writing and wondering where Georgina could be. Are we part of a game or is something really going on?

I made my way to the library where Becky and Beth were already reading. They seemed to be lost in their books or perhaps, their thoughts. The Librarian had assured me there were plenty of good books to pick from. He really does have quite the collection. Not only were they displayed on those floor to ceiling shelves, but also stacked up in piles around the room. Maybe the Librarian should knock through into the next room.

I left Becky and Beth to continue with their books, none of us were in the mood for much talking. I took a few snaps in preparation of my blog post but decided against climbing the ladder to explore the higher shelves. As luck would have it I stumbled upon Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart. I settled in a old Chesterfield arm chair by the tall windows and began to read.

My mind kept drifting away from the book and I spent a lot of time gazing out of the window. I suddenly spotted Sian making her way down towards the lake. I thought it was brave of her to venture out, maybe she was searching for phone signal or in hope of a cool Instagram shot? It must have be 15 minutes later and she was hurrying back up towards the house, something wasn’t right. There was an almighty *thud* as the door shut and I carefully put my book down and headed out into the grand hallway. Sian had crumpled to the floor and was shaking.

She was clearly in shock and as much as she tried words wouldn’t leave her mouth. A few seconds later the Librarian came rushing down the hall with a cup of tea and knelt down next to her. Sian explained that she had seen something most disturbing. She described it to be a mythical creature, a giant squid of sorts and I’m sure she muttered the word Kraken. If I’m totally honest I didn’t know what to make of it, but at the same time there was no reason for her to make up something like that. I wonder what was in those brownies at breakfast. 

Poor Sian was so shaken by the latest event that she went off to her room to calm down. We decided to wait in our respective rooms ’til we found out more. One thing was fairly certain, we were all keen to leave but I didn’t have high hopes of it happening any time soon.

By the time I reached my room the police were trudging down to the lake. I took my place near the window and kept an eye on their movements. A while later and news spread throughout the group that human blood had been discovered down by the lake as well as some small metal objects. I’m quite confused by it all. By Sian’s account she had seen some type of Kraken but the latest developments seem to suggest otherwise, sea monsters made of metal is more Scooby-Doo than blogger murder mystery.

I’m not one to jump to conclusions but I’m also not convinced that someone is playing a trick anymore.

You can read my first entry here, find out how you can win a £50 voucher and keep up to date with the latest clues on Twitter.

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Travel: A flight on the 787 Dreamliner with Thomson Airways

At the beginning of October the lovely people at Thomson Airways asked if I’d like to take a shiny 787 Dreamliner flight to Palma, Majorca for lunch. Guess what? I said yes!

I arrived at Gatwick airport early on Wednesday morning and met up with the blogging crew; KatieXanthePoppyAlison and Joelle. It wasn’t long before we were whisked away to the plane – ‘Angel of the Sky’.

As you can see, it was rainy and very dull so although a little nervous, I was pleased to be leaving the gloomy weather behind.

787 Dreamliner London

Things to keep in mind for those of us who are nervous of flying (thanks to Captain John Murphy):

  • Let the cabin crew know how you feel

  • Have a chat with the pilot

  • Remember, you’re not alone



As I took my first steps onto the Dreamliner I could tell that this plane was different. The friendly cabin crew  greeted us with warm smiles and showed us to our Premium Club seats (ooo fancy). The first thing I noticed was that the plane felt much brighter and more spacious than others I’d been on. I later found out that the windows are 30% bigger than on normal planes and that even at it’s lowest height, the Dreamliner is over 6-foot high. I also liked that you could dim the windows as you please, helpful if you fancy a snooze.

We explored the plane a little, experimented with the television set and quickly settled down into our big comfy seats (more leg room in Premium Club and Economy Club) when we spotted the basket of pastries heading our way.

Mood lighting on the 787 Dreamliner

We heard from a host of Thomson directors; David Burling, MD of TUI UK&I,  Captain John Murphy, MD of Thomson Airways and Carl Gissing, Director of Customer Service, Thomson Airways. Captain John Murphy actually flew us out to Palma but was free to chat with us on the return journey. They all had a lot of interesting things to say about the Dreamliner and the future plans of Thomson, I’m truly impressed by what’s to come.

Mood lighting 787 Dreamliner

A few perks and future plans

  • In-flight entertainment is updated on a monthly basis

  • Free drinks in Economy Club on long-haul flights (soft, alcoholic and hot)

  • The 787 Dreamliner flys higher than other planes – 43,000 feet

  • Special seating for families (4 – 6 people) – think train style on the 737 Max

  • The Dreamliner can fly 8,000 miles without stopping

Breakfast on 787 Dreamliner

We were treated to a rather delicious breakfast, just look at it! Thomson will be offering themed food for each destination to ensure your holiday really does start from your flight. Such fun!

Breakfast Menu

Cabin beds

The cabin crew have a space to relax take a nap on long-haul flights. I thought their sleeping quarters was really quite cosy.

787 Dreamliner seating

What’s so special about the 787 Dreamliner?

  • More leg room

  • Bigger windows

  • Mood lighting

  • Quieter flight

  • More oxygen

  • More fuel-efficient

  • Stronger, lighter and more aerodynamic.

Comfy chairs 787 Dreamliner

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat to lots of the Thomson staff. One thing that really shone through from everyone was their love and passion for the company. A lot of people I spoke to had been with the company for over 10 years. I think that’s really good going for these days and shows that Thomson have something good going on to keep their staff so loyal.

Plane view

Isn’t that a beautiful view?


I loved having the chance to go in the cockpit and chat with with Captain John Murphy, MD of Thomson Airways.

787 Dreamliner cockpit

Captain John Murphy and Joelle.

I must admit that before this trip I had no opinion of the Thomson. I didn’t dislike it, I simply knew very little about it and as some of you may know, I’m a Virgin geek and it’s generally my go to airline. However, after hearing all the fantastic plans, experiencing the 787 Dreamliner service and realising how loyal and passionate the Thomson staff are I have fully changed my mind. I will be sure to recommend it to friends, especially those with kids as well as taking advantage myself. Actually, as soon as work allows I plan to take a trip to Costa Rica (as recommended by Captain John). This trip will be available from November 2015 which gives me enough time to save up for something really special.

787 Dreamliner Angel of the sky

787 Dreamliner

We had a smooth landing in Palma and were whisked off to Ca n’eduardo which is situated just by the fishing port. We were met with more friendly faces, glasses of bubbles and the most delicious nibbles I’ve had in quite some time.

There was plenty of time to chat to the holiday reps and hear how iPads have revolutionised the way they work. It might sound very trivial at first but being able to make requests, book excursions and connect the cabin crew to the holiday advisors will make communication much easier and ensure your holiday is as you wish.

Ca n'eduardo - steak

Shall we focus on the food for a moment? I promise it’s worth it. I was presented with the most fantastic steak I’ve ever seen. A hunky chunk of meat along with a big mushroom and some colourful peppers. The table was covered with bowls of chips, hasselback potatoes and vegetables. A sneaky waiter walked around and topped up wine glasses without people noticing, quite the skill.

Ca n'eduardo

As if we hadn’t been spoiled enough, along came the desserts. The big chocolate thing in the middle tasted like giant marshmallow tea cake.

palma majorca

palma majorca

I then headed off for a little walk around the harbour with Joelle, Katie and Alison. Palma really is very pretty and hopefully I’ll get the chance to spend more time there in the future and visit the cathedral. All of a sudden it was time to leave.

We took in the last of the sunshine and and bumbled onto the coach.

Day trip on the 787 Dreamliner

On our return journey we were treated to our favourite drink (a G&T for me), I’d forgotten that we’d even ordered it at lunch. I must point out that I normally close my eyes real tight on take off and pretend I’m elsewhere. This time, I looked out of the window and watched as beautiful Palma disappeared from view. That’s the first time I’ve ever done that. I felt in safe hands, very comfortable and much more at ease than usual.

On a return journey you usually want nothing more than a long nap and some good food. Thomson are taking this one step further and from Feb 2015 they will be offering duvets, pillows and cookies. I should probably explain that a little more. We were handed thick cosy duvets which were big enough to fully wrap around your body. Not long after came a mug of hot chocolate complete with marshmallows and sprinkles and of course, a warm cookie. This was the the first time I’d taken a little nap on a plane in years and I even wished that we were on a longer flight. I think this is fantastic idea and ideal for long-haul flights.

Thomson, thank you so much for a comfortable and relaxing flight on the 787 Dreamliner and for treating me to lunch in Palma. I will be most definitely be flying with you again and hope to visit Palma in the near future.

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Waterstones’ Blogger Mystery: The Descendants

To kick off the spooky season off I’m getting involved with an online blogger murder mystery hosted by Waterstones. Over the next two weeks myself, Becky, Georgina, Sian and Beth will be sharing diary entries from our time at a creepy old mansion. Keep up to date with all the latest clues over on Twitter and if you figure out who the killer is you could win a £50 voucher.

Find out more about The Descendants and how you can help solve the mystery.

Keeping an eye on those who pass by..

Its me

Dear Diary,

I know I’m behind but the last few days have been rather intense. So, let me start off by telling you that a famous book collector who goes only by the name of Librarian invited me to a mysterious mansion along with a few other bloggers. Blogging events are becoming more and more innovative so I thought this would be fun and, as always, it’s a good chance to meet new people.

As my Uber rolled up to the mysterious mansion I had a feeling this wasn’t going to be like the events I usually go to. It was an ancient, and remote place far removed from the hustle-and-bustle and polish of a London venue, but rife with photo opportunities.  I needed every fibre of discipline in my body to avoid the urge to explore the grounds with my camera, but I expected the opportunity would present itself later.

Upon entering, to my dismay, there wasn’t a sodding cupcake in sight!

Fortunately, there was tea. After a cup of earl grey and some time exploring the house things took an unexpected turn. Librarian informed us that we are all descendants of famous horror writers. The others seemed a little spooked by this but I was very excited, especially as it turns out that I’m related to Edgar Allan Poe, that’s pretty cool, right? I understand the whole situation is rather strange but I was sure that it would make for excellent content.

Librarian left us to spend the evening chatting away, sipping on whiskey and sharing our favourite ghost stories. It started to get dark outside, time seemed to have slipped away very quickly. I glanced down at my phone but with a lack of wifi and phone signal there was no way that any of us would be leaving. Librarian laughed when we asked if there would be rooms for us to stay in, we were in a mansion after all.

We were each taken to our respective rooms, which were just as old fashioned and dark as the rest of the house. My room was covered with old paintings. You know the kind, the ones with black eyes that follow you around. I spent a couple of hours reading and climbing on chairs in search of a phone signal but never with any luck.

Oh, I nearly forgot, after reading I decided to pull the curtains shut and, as I glanced out into the moonlit gardens, I spotted a grey, shadow-like figure dart across the grass. Now, the weather had become very dense so I couldn’t tell who it was. I expect it was Librarian, exploring the grounds. Anyway, it wasn’t my business so I drew the curtains tight, climbed into the big squishy bed and fell sound asleep.

My alarm went off around 8ish the following day and I quickly got dressed and did my best to make the bed. I dragged open the big dusty old curtains and looped the ties around each side. It was still misty outside and there was definitely a sharp chill to the air, ancient windows do little to keep in the heat or keep out the cold.  A raven was perched on a nearby branch. I watched it for a few minutes as I composed myself for the day, and it stared back, intently. Creepy little creature!

I wrapped my scarf around me for extra warmth and headed downstairs in search of breakfast. These old mansions sure do have a lot of stairs. Half way down I bumped into Sian and Becky. Sian seemed to be on edge. She frantically explained that the police were on their way because Georgina and her dog had vanished. Her story got creepier; the room they had stayed in was now covered in blood and nothing was left but a diary. I thought it sounded like something from a film or a book and toyed around with the idea that someone could be playing a trick, or perhaps this was all part of a game or an elaborate staged event?

A few minutes later the conversation had drifted onto a spooky sighting last night. It seems that I wasn’t the only one who spotted the mysterious grey figure. I dismissed the notion that it had anything to do with the disappearance, nobody had any concrete evidence and speculation wouldn’t get us anywhere.

Check back on Wednesday for my second diary entry. 

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My Christmas in Southwold & Win a trip to Lapland

The pumpkin hasn’t been carved and I’m already talking about Christmas, sorry! I promise there’s a good reason though. Firstly, it’s always important to look back on happy memories and secondly, Transun have challenged a bunch of bloggers (and you) to share a fun and festive Christmas memory. What’s even better is that there is the chance to win a trip to Lapland. So, I’m getting involved and would love to know if you do too. Check out the website for the full details.




My last Christmas in Southwold was back in 2013 and I miss that place very much. On this particular Christmas morning we awoke early and enjoyed a strong cup of tea and a few slices of Marmite on toast. We then got dressed, pulled on our wellies and headed down to the sea.

Every year there is a Christmas Day swim in Southwold (get involved). A bunch of fun people get dressed up as santa, sharks or whatever they feel like and take a dip in the freezing cold sea. Each person usually raises money for a charity of their choice and everyone else goes along to cheer and support.





I’m afraid that I’m not about to tell you that any of us did the swim but we went down to support everyone who braved the sea in the rain. I enjoyed walking in the crisp cold air and there was a fantastic community feel down by the sea. For me, starting Christmas Day with a long walk really makes the day of food ahead worth it. Being by the sea was always very special to me, especially at Christmas. It’s one of my favourite places to be and I have many fond memories from Southwold beach.



After chatting with friends and wishing everyone a happy day we headed back home. The fire went on and I made up a huge jug of mulled wine. The rest of the day was filled with everyone doing their bit for the Christmas dinner, watching Home Alone and of course, playing Monopoly. The day ended with another walk down to the sea and a chat with the locals.

It was a very lovely Christmas and I feel lucky to have had experienced Christmas in Southwold over the last few years with my family.

This year I’ll be celebrating the festive season in Cambridge and I look forward to creating new traditions and exploring the city on Christmas morning.

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Smallbiz: Southwold Nail Bar


Good morning, I hope you’ve all had a good start to the week. I’m back in Sheffield and have lots to update you on. Firstly I want to share a very quick post about a small business I had the pleasure of finding at the weekend.

On Sunday I spent the day in one of my favourite places, Southwold. After a long walk by the sea I headed into town in search of Two Magpies Bakery (more on that later in the week). Before I found my way to the popular cake shop I stumbled upon Southwold Nail Bar, it was hiding behind Howelles and Jolley Pharmacy, if you’re a regular in Southwold then you will know where I mean. If you’re walking too quickly you could easily miss it (it’s a sweet little building and handy if you have family who can’t manage stairs) so make sure you keep your eyes open. I’m all for supporting small and new businesses and as I hadn’t seen this place before I picked up a pricing list. Now, trust me when I say the pricing is very good (£8 for a file and polish) and if I still lived in Southwold I’d be going there on a regular basis.

I was very lucky and managed to get an appointment just 10 minutes later. The lady who did my nails was friendly and very easy to chat to. She filed, shaped and painted my funny little nails as well as applying some excellent hand cream to my poor dry hands. There was a good selection of Mavala and OPI polishes to pick from. I went for an OPI polish BUT I can’t quite remember the name of it. When I figure it out I’ll let you know.

After my half hour relaxation I headed down to Gun Hill to catch up with my mum and grandma and show off my lovely new nails. I’m sure we’ll all be heading back to Southwold Nail Bar on our next visit.

I hope you all had a good weekend and if you happen to be in Soutwhold head ’round the back of Howelles and Jolley Pharmacy and find the cute little nail bar. 

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Beauty: Pulpe De Vie Kiss Me lip balm review


The lovely girls at Pulpe De Vie sent over a tube of the Kiss Me lip balm a few months ago. Ever since I first used it I’ve kept it in my handbag, it’a a very good day to day hydrating tint. I actually see this firstly as a lip gloss but with added moisturising properties. It contains 100% natural ingredients and one of these is beeswax which I always find beneficial in lip products.

Kiss Me has a very thick consistency, you can probably tell from the photo. It’s easy to apply straight from the tube which means that you wont get sticky fingers. I find that after a few minutes the product isn’t too sticky, of course it’s a little sticky because it’s a hydrating gloss but my hair never sticks to it which is good. If you’re drinking then it will be sure to leave a mark on the glass.


This lip balm/gloss has been good to use throughout summer because it looks good alone and leaves an orangey red tint and light sparkle to your lips. It’s not something I would have picked myself but I’ve enjoyed using it. I’ll continue to use it through the colder months because it’s a good moisturiser and very hydrating but I’ll be more likely to wear it over a lipstick for an extra shine.

Would I buy this again? I don’t think I will but mainly because I’m keen to try other products from the Pulpe De Vie range.

Have you tried any products from Pulpe De Vie?

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The pressure cooker series: Pulled pork

A few weeks back Tower Housewares kindly asked if I’d like to have a go at creating some meals with their 4l aluminium pressure cooker. I thought I’d give it a try because anything that speeds up the normal cooking time is a good thing to me and I love experimenting with food. I remember my mum using a pressure cooker as I was growing up but I haven’t heard all that much about them in recent years. Saying that, they do seem to be increasing in popularity because Pinterest is filled with lots of recipes for them.

A pressure cooker works by using pressurised steam to cook your food real fast which means you can get on with life ’til your dinner is ready. When the product arrived I was surprised at how light it was, I was expecting a heavy old thing but this is easy to lift and wash.

After a quick Google and search through Pinterest I was sure that pulled pork would be my first adventure with the pressure cooker. I found lots of recipes and decided to keep them all in mind but do it my own way. One thing I did notice was that some recipes called for a certain pressure and there didn’t seem to be a way to do this with mine. 

Here’s my first experiment with the pressure cooker:

Things I used when making pulled pork

Pick your favourite BBQ sauce and add in a few other spices or whatever you fancy – there are no rules! If you’ve got some extra time you could even try making your own barbecue sauce.

I decided to use my favourite paprika from Chiquilin, my new favourite Tabasco sauce which is of the chipotle variety.



A good hunk of ginger

Chop up the onion, garlic and ginger.

Onion, garlic and ginger

You can actually do this step in the pressure cooker but for some reason I didn’t realise. So, I softened/caramelised the onion, ginger garlic in a pan.


Prepping the meat


Add the spices to the pork but not the BBQ sauce.

Getting ready to cook the meat

Pork in frying pan

Brown the meat off in a pan (you’re meant to do this in the pressure cooker) but I didn’t realise at the time.

Pork ready for the pressure cooker

Tower Housewares Pressure Cooker

My shiny 4l aluminium pressure cooker 

Making pulled pork in the pressure cooker

I added one cup of water into the pan along with most of the BBQ sauce. However, I suggest that you add only half a cup of water because the sauce became too watery.

Pork ready to pull

After an hour the pressure valve fell back down and our pulled pork was ready to come out of the pan.

Pulled pork

Grab two forks, stick them in the meat and start to pull it apart.

Thoughts for making pulled pork again:
- Use less water
- Cook for an hour and a half to ensure the pork is tender
- Do the whole process in the pressure cooker

I honestly think that this pressure cooker is going to be my best friend during the colder months. It really does make cooking much easier and quicker. Next week I will be showing you how I use it to make soup.

Have you ever thought of using a pressure cooker?

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Sheffield: The Cathedral



Hello, I hope you’re all having a good week. I’ve spent the last few hours working from my hotel room and I’m now relaxing in bed. Tomorrow I am heading off on a day trip to Parma and I can’t wait to share more details with you on Twitter and Instagram.

I’ve just been browsing through my phone and thought that now would be a good time to share some photos with you. Last week I decided against waiting outside in the cold for my tram and bobbed into the Sheffield cathedral. It was very calm and relaxing in there so I had a quick walk ’round and took a few snaps of the beautiful ceiling and stained glass windows. I hope some of you enjoy the photos.

I think it’s important to continually explore the city you live in and the best way to adventure is to step into buildings, shops and villages you know very little about.

I plan on going back with my other camera soon.

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