A 'tasty' menu option! Hi all,

As you may have gleaned from my comments on my last blog post – I picked up a cold – that's all! No temperature or hallucinations etc, just a cold! Now that shouldn't keep a fully grown man away from his work, now should it?

Well in my case 'Yes'. I'll explain – you know when it is on it's way, you can tell can't you, you start to sniff, only slightly at first, then comes the slightly gravelly throat and it develops from there. Well I was determined to beat this one.

I drank copious amounts of water, vitamin C drinks, hot lemon and so on, and went on air on Thursday night hopeful that my remedies would work. Well they didn't! As anyone who watched me In the Kitchen with Tracey Lautch and KitchenAid would attest!
The hour started well with my sniffles being cunningly concealed during mixing or blending demonstrations but I knew something was building inside, something big, explosive and uncontrollable. I had a split second to decide. What could I do? I was in full vision of the viewers! I couldn't secretly signal to my director that I had a monster inside about to erupt; I couldn't wait for the next promotions break. I know, I thought to myself, softly blow down your nostril – that often works !
'Often' is not 'always' and this was a case of the latter – I knew I just had to let the monster loose! Then fate offered me an olive branch – as I suddenly realised that I was not in vision, as luck would have it my director Theresa had just cut to a shot of the amazing mixing abilities of the KitchenAid blender with it's fantastic planetary mixing action as used by many a professional cook – I took my chance and reached for my tissue – and it was gone! Where? I didn't have time to look – as I clumsily fumbled for the one thing that could help control the destructive power of this huge sneeze, Theresa thought I was signalling to say something – she had no way of knowing what was to follow. She thought I wanted to communicate with our customers – well in a way I did, but not in the way she had anticipated !
She put me in vision at the precise point I had conceded defeat. As the 'Aaaaaa' started to exit I defensively spun away from both Tracey and the watching viewers, as if dancing on ice – I thought I'd got away with it, forgetting that despite my covering hand, my microphone was in the direct firing line and only inches away from the eye of the storm! 'aaaaaaccchhhooooooooooooooooooo'!!
Kitchen cabinets rocked, cameras shook, floor managers and camera operators froze, jaws agape – even all the blenders stopped and gawped! (okay I made that bit up). It was only a second that to me lasted about 10 minutes before anything happened. All I could do was to try and recover what was left of my dignity and apologise to all and I mean ALL. My wife told me later it was disgusting – which made me feel a lot better!
I'm sure I must have woken sleeping babies hundreds of miles away, whether they had QVC on or not! I went on to sneeze three more times that night. So dutifully, I decided not to put the crew or more importantly the QVC viewers through a repeat performance and Craigy kindly covered my hours the next day. Fortunately I am not due back on air until Wednesday, when you will see a 'beast unburdened' – me.
On an totally different note but kitchen-related, I enclose a photo I took in a restaurant in Epernay, France last September – the Moules sound enticing!

Take care,
Dale x


  1. Gail February 9, 2011 at 8:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Dale, two blogs in one week – I’m so impressed. The photo you took in France made me laugh so much; it’s a classic. I bet that menu has been photographed many, many times over; how funny.
    Thank goodness it was only a sneeze, that’s all I’m saying !!!
    Take care and have a good week.
    Mrs P x

  2. Marian Bolton February 9, 2011 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Looking forward to seeing you back on air today Dale. Perfect host for Feng Shui! Hope you’re all better. x

  3. chantel briody February 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    hiya Dale
    I’m glad you are back on qvc, I always like to keep in touch with whats going on at qvc as I’m an addict, we have written to each other a few christmases ago and exchanged cards and messages.
    Hope you are feeling better now
    Take care
    Chantel xx

  4. Dale Franklin February 10, 2011 at 12:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Gail, I can confirm it was only a sneeze, but a mighty impressive one! Marian are you saying that because of the literal translation of Feng Shui ?! Thanks to you both Dale x

  5. Marian Bolton February 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Just cos it’s supposed to make you feel good Dale!

  6. February 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale I hope you are feeling much better now from Geraldine in Wandsworth

  7. Dale Franklin February 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chantel, Marian and Geraldine. Thank you for your comments, as always – I’m fine, really – everyone seems to have had or have this cold at the moment – it’s not nasty but just will not go away.Hope you enjoy the weekend Girls. I’m launching a fab Acer notebook tonight and I’ll be back Saturday evening, but for some inexplicable reason I’m not required for Beauty Day !!? Dale x

  8. Marian Bolton February 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Dale, I’m a TV star. I took part in some filming at the Beauty Bash and it got played today in the Laura Gellar and Elemis shows. Awesome! My head is sooooooooo big! x (Apologies if this gets posted twice but not sure if my first attempt was accepted.)

  9. Marian Bolton February 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Forgot to mention, I think Charlie Bears should do one modelled on you called Q’Pid for next year’s 14 Feb! I’m full of good ideas you know!

  10. Sarah February 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Dale that’s the funniest blog I’ve read in ages! I’ve had to muffle my giggles as my children are all tucked up! Think I’ll be chuckling over this for a while. In fact just as I did when the ‘builders were in’ when you were presenting a jewellry show last year. Funny,funny,funny…Keep making me laugh,somethings just can’t be scripted. X

  11. Dale Franklin February 16, 2011 at 1:05 am -  Reply

    Marian or should I say TV Star ! I dont mind Q’Pid as long as Charlie & William don’t call it Stu’Pid !! Lots of silver Grey Plush needed. Dale x

  12. Dale Franklin February 17, 2011 at 3:11 am -  Reply

    Sarah Thank you – I’m glad you laughed – it’s so good for you ! Hopefully I can find something amusing to blog about this week.
    Take care Dale x

  13. Marian Bolton February 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Lol! x

  14. Marian Bolton February 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Dale, your next blog is overdue!

  15. Gail February 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Why are we waiting,
    Oh why why are we waiting,
    Oh why are we waiting …………………..
    (Don’t know anymore………)
    Take care, Gail xxxx

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