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Telescope Phone Lens

I received a Telescope Phone Lens from Paladone* to try and I am delighted with it. It was the first time I’ve tried a phone lens and I wasn’t sure what to expect; how good the pictures will look, how easy was to install.

Paladone Telescope Phone Lens ready to take a picture

I tried the lens for the first time at home. It wasn’t great, indoor the lens will not work as good. I tried to take a picture of something that was only 10-12 feet away, so too close. I think it might have worked if I would have tried to take a picture of something outside, but it was dark. So, I said I will try the lens outside. A telescopic lens is meant to be used outdoors anyway.
Another issue I had when I tried at home was that the pictures were blurry because the phone was moving when I was pressing the screen to take the picture. I needed an app, to have a shutter delay. With the 5 seconds delay, there is enough time for the phone to re-focus and take a good picture.

Paladone Telescope Lens with box

In the package, besides the lens is a stand, and a cleaning cloth. The stand is very important. If you fancy the lens, you can get it from Paladone’s shop.

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My birthday

A few days ago I’ve celebrated my birthday. I received an amazing gift from my husband, and we had a lovely day out.

Cake with drinks, a bunch of flowers and candle

First of all, I’m going to start talking about the cake. I made Tschumi’s Chocolate Cake. It’s a cake made by a Swiss chef to the Royal Household, called Gabriel Tschumi. He made this cake 100 years ago for Queen Mary’s birthday and from that day, this is the Royal birthday cake. I love its story and, after trying the cake, I loved it too. Have a look at the recipe if you fancy trying it.

Gifts, a book and a chocolate birthday card

My husband bought a book for me, something that is always appreciated, but this book is a very special book. I’ve read it when I was a teenager. I think saying that it changed my life sounds a bit much, but this is what happened. I knew I wanted to study Psychology before that, but, after reading the book, I realized that I enjoyed learning about concepts too. The book also made me question things I thought before. I can’t wait to read this book again. My husband said he is eager to read it too.

Besides the book, my husband gave me a lovely chocolate birthday card. I’m yet to try it, as we had a very chocolatey cake, but I will try it soon.

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Las Iguanas

My husband and I tried the vegetarian burritos at Las Iguanas recently. I though I should share my experience because I was very pleased with the food and the staff. We went to Trafford Centre for lunch. I think I mentioned Trafford Centre 10 times in the last month, but we are really happy with it. It’s not far from us (a bit further than Liverpool city centre), but it comes with free parking, in addition to lots and lots of shops and restaurants.

Las Iguanas Trafford Centre

One of the most beautiful things at Trafford Centre is the food court. The decor is beautiful, exotic and over the top, but it works.

Las Iguanas vegetarian burritos

I like Mexican food a lot. Their vegetarian burrito is made with Sweet potato, butternut squash & chickpea chilli. It came with guacamole, roasted tomato sauce, sour cream, and salad. The salad had lovely unusual types of pepper, called schinus if I remember correctly. The waitress told us about the pepper when we asked, a round pink pepper I’ve never seen before. The staff was friendly and the food and the drinks arrived quickly.

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Eat&Drink and Ideal Home

This weekend, my husband and I went to three fairs at Event City, I already blogged about the Cake and Bake Show on my food blog, now I’m blogging about the Eat&Drink and Ideal Home shows. We were invited to the Eat&Drink and Ideal Home Shows. I thought it will be a fun way to spend our weekend. Details on their website.

Ideal Home Show Manchester

It was busy, very busy. But we found a good parking space at Trafford Centre. I was so eager to get there. I’ve been to an Ideal Home Show before, but not to the Eat&Drink one. You could go from a show to another with the same ticket. So I will share pictures from both of them, alternatively.

Handmade Christmas Puddings at Eat&Drink

These are Handmade Christmas Puddings, how nice they look?

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Autumnal recipes

I thought I should make a compilation of Autumnal recipes to share with my readers and also to have as a reference when I lack inspiration. I made all these recipes myself and all the recipes are available on CookStyle.
The recipes include lots of pumpkins, squash, and other vegetables that are in season. I made four collages with ideas for starters, soups, mains, and jams. Like most of my recipes, these will not take long to make, with one exception. I’m going to talk about that exception shortly.

Autumnal recipes: Starters. Two bowls

Autumnal recipes: Starters

For starters I chose Zacusca and Carrot Houmous. It’s unlikely you’ve heard of Zacusca before. It’s a Romanian traditional dish that is prepared in September-October for winter. My version is lighter, with less oil. It’s time consuming, especially if you are making it from scratch. It involves roasting the aubergines and that takes a long time, roasting peppers, then cooking. I took a shortcut and I bought roasted peppers and aubergine pulp from the International shop. The fun part is that the aubergines are Turkish and the peppers Bulgarian… to make a very traditional Romanian dish. There are pictures of the jars in the recipe, if you fancy giving it a try and using the shortcuts.

For the second starter I picked Carrot homous. It is very easy to make. In my recipe I used dried chickpeas that I soaked and boiled. There are instruction on how to make that easier and faster, but, if you don’t want to be bothered with this, use canned chickpeas. The recipe is vegan and healthy. I served it with roasted sunflower seeds and olives in oil with herbs.

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23 Questions

I have 46 questions left on the 365 Provoking Questions Challenge. I’ve decided to split them in two, therefore to 23 I’m going to answer today and the rest next month. Let’s start.

1. What good comes from suffering?
Maybe a few lessons, if the person suffering has the ability and the willingness to learn.

2. What are you uncertain about?
Well, things that most people are uncertain I would think. For example the future, what can happen with North Korea, what opportunities I will find (work related), if the neighbours will still be here next year and not very noisy new ones.

3. How would you spend your ideal day?
Playing with the dog, going somewhere with my husband to visit something we haven’t seen before, having a lovely meal and some drinks.

4. What do you admire most about your mother and father?
I admire my monther’s strength.

5. What is your most striking physical attribute?
I would say my eyes.

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Barry M MakeUp

I bought a Barry M MakeUp kit called Glam to Go Eye Kit from Argos. I never tried any Barry M Makeup before, but I knew they are a vegetarian brand. Some of their products contain beeswax, the rest are vegan. It’s exactly what I’m looking for in a makeup. The company started in 1982 and they were always cruelty-free, more details on their website.

Makeup, full face

I’m very happy with the eye shadows and the brow kit. I haven’t used the other two products in the kit.

 Barry M MakeUp Glam to Go Eye Kit. All products

Going back to the kit, it was just shy of £15 at Argos. I’m a big fan of Argos, their customer service is great. The kit contains Natural Glow 2 eye shadow palette, That’s How I Roll mascara, Kohl Pencil, Black & Brow kit (medium/dark) brow palette.

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