Cooking for ten and the QVC Christmas party


Me at the QVC Christmas partyWell it’s been a busy old week and, having fully recovered, I’ve been dividing my time between home and QVC Towers in preparation for Christmas. 

The silicone bakeware TSV came in handy when I had to make a chocolate cake at short notice and also Sunday lunch for 10! My cake came out of the sandwich ‘tins’ without a hitch even though it was the first time I’d used them.

I also did roast gammon with a honey and mustard glaze, and the glaze didn’t burn or turn to toffee as it has done when I’ve used a metal roasting dish! So not only was I spared expensive dental bills but the washing-up was a treat! 

I also made it to the annual QVC Christmas party which was fab! It’s always really nice to meet up with the hundreds of other people who work behind the scenes and who I rarely get to see. Everyone looked gorgeous: a sparkling sea of satin, tafetta, velvet and lurex – and that was just the men!! 

I managed to find a lovely dress this year, wore my Honora Pearls necklace, a Diamonique watch and ring, and my fab two-tone gold sparkly bracelet which was a TSV years ago. I felt very glam!

I danced for hours and my feet, which had seemed fine on the dance floor, Me playing the bongoswere so painful when it came  time to leave that my lovely (and thankfully very strong) partner had to give me a piggy-back all the way to the hotel!   

I’m proud to say I didn’t feel too shabby in the morning, but was reminded of my attempt to add a bit of rhythm at the end of the evening by banging the drums the band had left on the stage: "Madam, please leave my bongos alone…" I was asked by a somewhat irritated security guard… can’t think why?!

Finally, a huge thank you to ALL of you for your lovely Christmas cards, messages and from Babs Dyson – a photo of herself!  And what a cracking idea that was… so I’m formally asking you all to send in a photo of yourselves by post. I’m starting a ‘Friends Wall’ in our presenter lounge, because as Babs said, "we know what you look like, but thought you might like to know who we are". I look forward to receiving them!

Have a good one, love Ali x


  1. Shelley Hughes February 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Hope your arm is feeling better. | had similar pain in my elbow it was Tennis Elbow. Hope you had a good Valentines Day and hope you had a nice present!
    Regards Shelley

  2. alison keenan February 18, 2010 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Hello Shelly, it seems that many of us have suffered from the same pain and yes you’re right it is Tennis Elbow! Valentines Day was fabulous thank you and I was completely spoilt with beautiful flowers and champagne and a night away. Just what the doctor would have ordered I’m sure! Hope all is well with you Shelley. Love Ali x

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