28.9.14

This week I...





...loved wearing my new Mödernaked back pack which arrived in the post this week. I splurged out a bit to buy it but I've been looking for a new bag to use for work for  months and considering it was handcrafted in Spain from lovely natural fabrics I'd say it's worth every penny euro cent.

...used my slow cooker for the first time in ages to make a simple but delicious sausage, cider and tomato stew. The slow cooker is out of its dusty box and living on my kitchen counter and I plan to use it at least once a week during the colder months.

...laughed watching all of Lena Dunham's 'Ask Lena' video series. The GIRLS creator answers problem page style questions her fans have sent in and in typical Lena style her answers are frank, heartfelt and hilarious. Her book 'Not That Kind of Girl' comes out next week - Christmas wish list starts here!


...had brunch with friends last Saturday at Zazu's Kitchen, the wait was *long* and the staff seemed stressed but brunch isn't about rushing and you know I'll forgive them everything for that hot sauce. Then last Sunday Will and I went for lunch with his parents at The Kensington Arms. I recommend this place very highly, especially for a special occasion, the food at The Kenny is brilliant - they even won best pub food at this year's Bristol Good Food Awards.

...went to #BlogClub. Run by the fabulous Haley (Bonjour Blogger) & Sophie (Saints On A Plane) #BlogClub give Bristol bloggers a chance to hang out, eat cake and talk about all things bloggy, this month's was hosted by Trunki in their incredible Bristol HQ - office slide anyone?! This time our focus was blogging for brand and business. We heard from Fritha and Charlotte, the ladies behind Tigerlilly Quinn and Black Heart Creatives respectively, about how they use blogging in conjunction with their brilliant businesses and Mel from Trunki talked to us about what brands look for when working with bloggers - check out Trunki's 'Top Tips' here. It was all very interesting and inspirational! This was the second meet up I've been along to and it was great to catch up with a few people I met before as well as meet some new bloggers and add some lovely new blogs to my Bloglovin' reading list. Here's their links so you can add them to your lists too...

Being Little
Black Heart Creatives Blog
Bonjour Blogger
Briar Rose
Bristol Whipped
Counter-Cultural. Counter-Couture
Crafty Wife
Golden Pulse
Life Is Fun Being Me
Lily Doughball
Love Audrey
Lucy Duckett
Mermaid Gossip
Saints On A Plane
She and Hem
Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion
Tigerlilly Quinn

What made your week a little more awesome?


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17.9.14

Upton Cheney Chilli Festival


Nestled in the countryside somewhere in between Bristol and Bath in the village of Upton Cheney is Manor Farm the home to Upton Cheney Chilli Company. The farm has been growing chillies in their poly-tunnels since 2009 and once a year plays host to a celebration of all things chilli at the Upton Cheney Chilli Festival. A couple weekend's ago we visited the festival on Sunday to join in the festivities and feel the burn! You may have noticed that I have more than a *mild* (sorry) love for hot sauce, so unsurprisingly I think a chilli festival is pretty much the best thing EVER.

My highlight of the day has to be getting to sample all the entries in the UK Chilli Con Carne cook off championship where you can buy yourself a spoon and get to try 12 different chillies! There were also lots of lovely stalls selling and sampling every type of chutney and hot sauce you could imagine, entertainment on the main stage included music acts and a fresh chilli eating competition - which was surprisingly fun to watch, there were plenty of great food options and the bar severed Bath Ales - what's not to love!? My absolute favourite trader was Mr Vikkis. We discovered him last year and have bought from his online shop a number of times since - his chutneys and pickles are really special!

This was our second year visiting the Chilli Fest, we had such a lovely time last year but it definitely seemed bigger and better this year. Of course it helped that the sun was shining but there was a really nice vibe at the festival, all the traders and people running the events seemed so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and everyone was very friendly.  It'll definitely be in my diary again for next year. This I'd love to go with more friends and camp for the Saturday night (when there is a barn dance!) I think there's certainly enough going on to keep you busy for the weekend and more time spent there means more time to eat *ALL* the food!

But you don't have to wait to next year's event to visit the chilli farm check out the Upton Chilli Co website for details of farm tours and tasting experiences. The Manor Farm shop is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and you can even do a spot of Glamping on site with the wonderfully named Pepper Bells! Or shop online here.