Chocolate, pies and weekend walks


So last week it was all about the wine, THIS week is just as good. Can we sound the trumpets, because Hotel Chocolat is coming to QVC on the 28th September. Not only that but on the same day it will be Pie Day with the Today’s Special Value offer from The Real Pie Company… more on that later.

So what will we be seeing from Hotel Chocolat? Well I was lucky enough to have a run through with Kiri Kalenko and Marisa Rowlatt from Hotel Chocolat. Kiri works and develops chocolate recipes every day. Doesn’t that sound like the best job ever? Marisa is an expert in all things from the brand. I can hands down say I’ve never had chocolate like it, it’s really something special.

The flavours, the combinations, the hot chocolate, the vintage, rare cacao and giant slabs of decadent glossy extravagance packed with nuts and juicy raisins, the selection boxes, it’s pretty incredible. There is something for every type of chocolate lover and a must-have for the party season ahead. Perfect for dinner parties and hostess gifts.

Kiri melted me some of the beautiful chocolate into milk for hot chocolate, which is shaved from giant slabs, like the one pictured. Meanwhile Marisa told me all about the cacao fields they own in St.Lucia and the kitchens in Cambridge. I also got to see Kiri tempering chocolate, which is an essential part of creating a smooth, glossy finish that snaps when you break it.

I was fortunate enough to take some home too, so as you can imagine I was number one mummy in my house. It was all Tilda could talk about all weekend until after Sunday dinner when I brought out the selection box. We all got to choose a few each, Fred went for the Carrot Cake first whilst I went for the Brownie, Ivy had Peanut Butter and Tilda picked the Fudge Sunday. Squeals of delight followed by silence of happiness. Look how happy Ivy is eating hers, what you can’t see is that she actually leaned back and put her feet up to enjoy it, she’s too funny.

So as mentioned before, we will also be bringing you The Real Pie Company Today’s Special Value offer on the 28th September. I am already a massive fan of these pies, my freezer is always stocked with them as I bought them on Auto Delivery on a previous TSV. So I was very happy to get sent the latest selection early ahead of Thursday.

I had no doubt about it, I had to have a pie party. So Fred, me and the girls and a group of friends took a lovely walk over the weekend in the New Forest to see wild deer, horses and pigs that roam free around the area and then all headed back to my friend Anna’s house for pies. 12 pies of steak, chicken and even a vegetarian option of mushroom, stilton and leek got wolfed down. What a great way to bring friends and family together? Get your order in and book a pie party.

Other than that, I’m loving a lot of the fashion that’s coming into QVC at the moment and wanted to highlight Marble in particular. I love knitwear and I’ve been really impressed with their range. I love this jumper, it’s a Criss Cross Knit jumper. I teamed it with my gold Biba skirt and my Marc Fisher crushed black velvet ankle boots and Amanda Wakeley backpack. The bag is unfortunately now out of stock but do check out her collection because they are really beautiful.

I know there are many people who would rather have summer all year round but I am a lover of seasons, I love the trees changing colour and bringing out coats and jumpers for blustery walks on the beach and in the parks.

How about you? Do you love the change in seasons? Let me know in the comments and as always keep in touch via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Love Katy x


  1. Debbie September 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Katy cannot wait for hotel chocolat,hoping the kirsch cherries make an appearance and maybe a few easy pays!…beautiful pics of the family,gorgeous girls …x

    • Katy Pullinger September 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Debbie, I can’t wait. I shall be skipping. Real fast and lunch I think so I will have room for an hour of chocolate AND an hour of The Real Pie company. I shall need someone to carry me home!! X

  2. Melissa Lane September 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Katy. Yes I love seasons. My home accessories, clothes, make up and nail colours all change with the seasons.

    Mmmm to the chocolate.

    Love melissa xxxx

    • Katy Pullinger September 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

      Hi Melissa, now that’s dedication to the seasons. I like your style! Mmmmm chocolate indeed, I shall be wearing an elasticated waistband tomorrow that’s for sure!! X

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