Fireworks, pavlova and Tiff’s pies!


Girls together for Bonfire Night 2012Every year I look forward to Bonfire Night. I adore fireworks and Bonfire Night is always a great night to meet with family and friends. Plus, it's the start of Christmas, which, for me every year, can't come quick enough (I have ready made a few Bethlehem Lights purchases for my first Christmas in my new home).

We met for drinks at Tiffany and her husband David's house before leaving for the fireworks. She only lives 10 minutes from me so we see a lot of each other.

Just a gorgeous girl who is so giving and incredibly funny. She is one of our regular QVC models and is soooo glamorous.

The guys walked to the fireworks, which were in the Wentworth  grounds, the famous estate that  has the likes of Bruce Forsyth as its residents.

In true form, us girls in hats, coats, gloves and thermals drove as Tiff insisted it was too far to walk. Us girls were not complaining. Hilarious to discover it was literally a 10 minute walk. I should have remembered that from the last time we went.

The fireworks were incredible and they really set the tone for the evening.

We beat the boys back to the house and Tiffany had been hard at work cooking all day. Sammy (another of QVC's model), who was there with her adorable partner Simon, and I looked on in awe at the spread thinking, "how on Earth?!"

The men were in their element with the simply delicious steak and kidney pies, mushroom pies and a shepherd's pie. Tiff makes pies for Larry and then I bring the emptys back in the car to be refilled. Hilarious. Surely easier to try and cook myself…I don't think so…

Jill and the pavlovaThe desserts were to come. I adore pavlova and once ate a whole one…I just can't resist it.

Tiff's was so scrummy and so was the sticky toffee pudding. I had a sneaky taste when Larry wasn't looking.

A truly great night.

Christmas is on its way!

Thought you might like to see me, Sammy and Tiffany wrapped up watching the fireworks (pictured top).




  1. Diana Skolar November 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    Your fireworks celebration sounds like a blast and the food truly scrumptious. Real comfort food – hot and fattening!
    I’ve heard you mention several times that you go to Florida a lot. Do you own or rent a property and where is it? Really interested as we’ve just purchased in South Florida, on the Atlantic coast, between Boca Raton and Palm Beach. Bought it earlier this year whilst out there and only completed on it 4 days before coming home. So really looking forward to returning to ‘our place’ in January for several weeks. Enjoy Christmas in your new house!

  2. Jill Franks November 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Diana,
    We had so much fun.
    My husband and I have owned out there for 14 years and just moved to our new place in Sarasota, Florida only a year ago. You will love it!! It will become addictive.
    we like you, are going in Jan. A little chilly but better than the cold weather in the UK…I was definitley born in the wrong country!
    Have a great xmas and start counting the days until your next trip..
    Boca Raton and Palm beach are beautiful too.

  3. Carol Maguire November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Pleased you had a good time at the fireworks display. However, why do we bother? Last year my beautiful, innocent grand daughter was struck in the eye by a firework at an organised display. She is all but blind in one eye. Surely there are other ways to celebrate.

  4. Tina Farrell November 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill, You were talking about a smoothie that you make with manuka honey, walnuts etc. Please cut you post the receipe. Thank you.

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