Thanks for all the comments on my last blog, mostly to do with my last-minute Elemis performance and trying to guess the exact name and animal combo for a new Charlie Bears creation featuring at the end of February, or my New Year's Zumba treat!
Whilst I did appreciate the kind words for my Elemis performance, all the plaudits should go to the fabulous guest Keeley, who was also not feeling a 100% – what a star!
My twins Ali and Jack turned 15 last November, and as anyone knows, it's a really difficult age for both the individual and their parents. They're not kids anymore and yet they're not quite adults, even though they would argue that point! We're blessed that ours haven't morphed into a Harry Enfield character (yet!) and we remain on great speaking terms!
So what gifts do you buy them? Like many parents we did spend quite a lot on their birthdays but my daughter's favourite present was a large cardboard box – honestly!
My wife Tracey enjoyed gradually buying all sorts of Kitchen bits and bobs including ingredients, cake mixes, cookery books, the Prepology Silicon Cookie tray etc. and packing them into this box.
For Jack and I, there's nothing better than coming back from a freezing rugby game and opening the door to the gorgeous aroma of baking! So the gift has gone down well with us all.
Ali has really got into her baking in a big way and it's quite reassuring that sometimes the simple things in life are still appreciated – whilst I love my gadgets, gifts don't always have to be the 'latest thing' to be really well received.
So, she now takes a particular interest in anything for the kitchen that I bring home from the Q.
Regular viewers will know that I love my FOOD – both I and my stomach (it is a separate entity!) are so lucky to work with some great kitchen guests who are such great cooks.
Simon Brown is one of our most talented kitchen stars and I'll be working with him at midnight on Wednesday into Thursday, with a brand new cook's essentials TSV. The Aluminium Ultra Universal Pan – this one has new non-stick by Teflon and even works on induction hobs!
It's a 24cm pan with a glass lid and comes in great colours like purple, cream, duck egg blue and classic black, which I used (you can see me with it in the pic at the top of this post). It has all the usual great features, including a lifetime guarantee, and all for under £18 plus P&P! It's really amazing how quickly the pan heats up – I started with a really complex recipe first – fried eggs! Then I progressed to a homemade risotto with bacon and chicken – delicious – if I say so myself!
I will also be launching a fun TSV on Friday into Saturday from Microsoft. It's the amazing Xbox 360 Kinect with a fantastic bundle offer that'll get you up off that couch and having fun whilst working out in front of your TV screen instead of others down at the gym! So why not join me on the Q, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings this week.
Well, that's all for now, love to hear your comments as always, so until next time – stay safe, happy and satiated !