Guest Post: Simple Autumn Recipe

Monday 7th November 2016


Today’s Guest Post is from the lovely Ruth of Pretty Little Gym Addict sharing with us her yummy Autumn recipe.
Missuswolf Pretty Little Gym addict soup in a bowl with crusty bread and a drink
Such a simple recipe for a warm meal in the autumn months. It may not look very appealing but tastes lovely with a nice kick to warm you up.

Ingredients needed:

1/2 Pumpkin cubed
2 Sweet Potatoes cubed
2 Large Carrots cubed
1 Large White Onion
1 Litre of vegetable stock
1/2 red chilli
2 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. mild chilli powder
1 tbsp. vegetable bouillon


Firstly chop up your root vegetables.
Missuswolf Pretty Little Gym Addict chooped veg
Place the pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season.
Missuswolf Chopped veg drizzled with olive oil
Roast in the oven at 180 degrees for 35 minutes or until soft.
While the veg roasts in the oven, brown off the onions in a large saucepan, once golden add the chilli, turmeric, cumin and chilli powder, stir and let the onions soak in the spices. This should smell amazing.
After 2-3 minutes add the vegetable stock.
Missuswolf Veg in a pot with stock
Once the veg is roasted add it to the vegetable stock, with vegetable bouillon and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Blitz the soup with a hand blender and serve with some crusty bread.
Missuswolf blitzed veg and stock
Perfect on a cold afternoon!
You can find out more about Ruth here:
Facebook: Ruth Bracegirdle
Twitter: @PLGymAddict

Elementary V Watson: Up and coming Halloween Events 

Monday 3rd October 2016

Today on the blog I have Victoria Watson who is a copy-editor, writer and Creative Writing tutor.


Funnily enough,


is my busiest time of year.

OK, you may think that with a face like this one, I must get plenty of work as a witch but thankfully that’s not why my diary is so full.

Missuswolf Elementary V Watson

As a Creative Writing tutor, I run two weekly groups in Newcastle (Mondays, 7-9pm at Quilliam Brothers Teahouse) and Whitley Bay (Thursdays, 4-6pm at Di Meo’s Delaval Ices) and members of my groups – the so-called Elementary Writers – have been giving performances at different events and venues for a few years now.

In October 2013, we put on ‘Thrills ‘n’ Chills’ at the Avalon in Whitley Bay. Members of the group were tasked with creating original horror stories to perform in front of an audience which included writers Zoe Sharp and Rod Glenn. Well, that evening went so well that Wild Wolf Publishing offered to put together an anthology of the poetry and short stories featured at that event. To launch the book, ‘Thrills ‘n’ Chills’, readers performed their works at the historic Lit and Phil to a packed audience.

Last summer, I was approached by The Cumberland Arms to produce their Halloween show. The brief was simple: create original gothic horror stories and get dressed up. We were asked to write ghost stories as opposed to graphic horror. Candy skulls and gore were out, old fashioned Victorian gothic was in. The set, designed by the incredibly talented Ian J. Young, was beyond what I could have ever imagined and the lighting added to the atmosphere of the evening. I even got to lay flowers on my own grave! The writers who were involved thrived on the challenge and their original stories and poems got the attention of Wild Wolf Publishing once again. ‘Blood from the Quill’ was released in April this year and, finally, Elementary Writers will officially launch the book at October’s Stanza (Thursday, 20th October at Beldon’s at The Exchange in North Shields).

Following our sell-out performance

at the Cumberland last year,

we were in demand for this Halloween.

Our gig at Old Low Light – ‘The Visitation’ (Saturday, 29th October) – was booked in March and we’ve since added ‘After Dark’ at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to our listings for Saturday, 5th November. Earlier this month, I had someone asking me what we had planned for Halloween 2017!

All of this has made me reflect on why Elementary Writers are so popular at this time of year. Sure, we have other gigs throughout the year as a collective and as individuals, but October always seems particularly busy.

Many of the writers who attend my workshops like to write sci-fi, horror and fantasy which seem to inspire strong ghost stories. However, even the writers who often write historical fiction or contemporary tales relished the challenge of producing something original to a specific brief.

I’m very lucky that the writers who attend my workshops are open-minded and willing to experiment. And many of them really seemed to enjoy the performance element of picking costumes and being onstage.

So, whether you’d like to hear ‘Blood from the Quill’ works read aloud or if you’d like to experience original Halloween stories for 2016, get yourself along to one of the performances coming in October and November, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Missuswolf Elementary V Watson Bloof From The Quill

Blood from the Quill launch at The Stanza: Thursday, 20th October – Beldons at The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields. NE30 1SE. Doors open 7pm. £3 on the door.

Missuswolf Elementary V Watson The Visitation

The Visitation at Old Low Light: Saturday, 29th October – Old Low Light, Clifford’s Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields. NE30 1JA. Doors open 7pm. Tickets can be bought through Eventbrite or by emailing

After Dark at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade: Saturday, 5th November – Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House Museum, Spanish Battery, North Shields. NE30 4DD. Doors open 7pm. Email to book tickets.

You can find out more about Victoria’s business, Elementary V Watson at