I am the first to admit that a fair amount of what I earn at QVC goes straight back to the company coffers, given the number of orders I make each month! It's so hard not to be seduced by the many different bargains we offer on air.
One of my favourite purchases recently, which is worth every penny it cost, is my cook's essentials soup maker.
When I first heard about a 'soup maker' my reaction was 'what a waste of money – it's easy to make soup with a saucepan and a blender.'
But when Simon Brown, our fantastic kitchen guest, showed how easy it is with this little machine I realised that although I do like to make soup, I don't do it that often because it is a bit of a palaver but this makes it all so easy.
I ordered mine before it sold out, but I'm really pleased that we have it back in stock just in time for Christmas – on the last day to buy for Christmas delivery, in fact.
Tune in on Thursday 20th December in my Kitchen Gifts hour at 9am to see it in action.
Since mine was delivered, I have used it almost every Saturday, for a lunchtime homemade soup with lovely crusty bread from the bakers.
I used a couple of the recipes that come with it at first, but now I love inventing my own combinations – or just using whatever needs eating up.
Wait for twenty minutes while it heats and whizzes for you, and then enjoy a piping hot bowl of soup.
I have two favourite combinations at the moment – chick pea and butternut squash, with chilli, cumin and coriander. And pea and courgette.
For this I simply slice a courgette, add some frozen peas and stock (from a stock cube is fine) and then let the soupmaker do the work.
I've taken some photos of the stages of making the chickpea and butternut squash soup, to show that it really is almost as easy as opening a can – and much tastier!
There are no rules as to what you use to make your soup, except not to add raw meat, and it's a brilliant way to use up vegetables that need eating, so you don't end up throwing them away.
I hope you can join me on Thursday, I'm planning to set the soup maker at the beginning of the show and come back twenty minutes later to show you the result – I will probably make the courgette and pea soup, unless you leave me a message here with another idea to try.
Let me know your favourite flavour combination!
Take care, and don't stress too much about Christmas – it's there to be enjoyed!!