Jubilee, goodbye battersea & yummy pancakes!!

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Craig and JasmineHi there, Hope you are well? Gosh, what's this weather like? It can't make up it's mind can it? The mornings here in london have been gorgeous lately but then by lunchtime the clouds have arrived! How has it been where you are?

It has been a great couple of weeks. QVC has been great fun and I've had a chance to host so many types of shows at different times of the day and night which just is a delight to me.

 


I'm hosting more skincare shows now which is an area of great interest to me, I was lucky enough to host the first Liz Earle show at the new studios and this last weekend worked for the first time with brilliant Abi from Ultrasun. Yesterday was the premier of 'Fabulous Feet' – 6 guests, lots of brilliant products and an hour dedicated to looking after our feet – it was pure joy!

Last show in Battersea with Richard Jackson

 

QVC has also moved studios now, I hope you like the new look and one of the photos on this blog is of myself and Richard Jackson just after my last show in the old studios. It's a photo that means a lot to me as it really marks the end of one era and the beginning of another.

 

 

The jubilee in London was a blast as you can imagine! I was working through most of it but soaked up the atmosphere when I was passing through on my bike on the way to work and by tuning into many of the TV events. I also gave myself a strict dresscode of red, white and blue!! My beloved sister and niece were also with me for a few days over and beyond the Jubilee; one of the days we had a good old 'tourist' day in london, taking in the sights from the London Eye and taking Jasmine to Hamleys where I spotted these rather impressive huge Steiff Polar bears – wonder if we will ever get anything that size again on QVC?! It was such a great day – you can see some pics of us having fun.

London Eye Giant polar bears

 

 

 

 

 

Making pancakes with Prepology

 

I have also been lucky enough to be road testing some new products, including this Mondays TSV which is a silicone beaker and two whisk set from Prepology.

 

I made the most amazing savoury pancakes last night for dinner, they went down a right treat. In the pics you can see me easily whisking together the batter for the pancake; no lumps, just smooth and delicious. If you fancy trying it out, here is the receipe:

 

Yummy pancakes

 

 

Craig's cheesy, leeky, garlicy pancakes

 

 

 

  • For the pancake mix – add 100g plain flour, half a pint of milk, one egg and 1 tsp of salt to the beaker, then whisk this until it's smooth and creamy
  • Leave batter to rest
  • In a good nonstick pan saute some leeks, red pepper, spring greens and spinach (or any green veg of your choice) and add garlic to taste – I put in a lot! I also choose to sauté the veg and garlic in chilli infused olive oil, just to add some bite
  • Cover the veg with a lid and leave
  • In a larger non-stick frying pan heat some butter and pour in some pancake mix. Cook your pancake to your preferred taste (with plently of flipping of course!) then add some of the veg mixture to the pan
  • At this point grate generous amounts of cheddar (I like using a smoked cheddar) over the veg and allow to gently melt in the heat of the pan
  • Wrap the pancake round the veg, serve on a plate and dig in…YUM!!!

 

Thanks for reading my blog and see you on Sunday night, I am launching the TSV so stay up late and I will see you there!

Much love,

Craig x

5 Comments

  1. Sarah Platt June 27, 2012 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Craig
    Lovely blog as always! The studios look good (although possibly not a lot different to us viewers!!) I was a little jubileed out by the end of it have to say and almost went straight into the b****y football!!! Anyway the sun has been making an appearance which is good for me and my garden and I have decided to go to Hampton Court Flower Show (3rd year running!) and am sooooooo excited!!! Have fun
    Sarah xx

  2. Karen June 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig,
    Just wanted to say how much I appreciate you and your presenting style. You’re so natural and so charming and although you haven’t been with QVC as long as others, it really doesn’t appear that way. You are a true professional and always give a fair, balanced and informative presentation. You always look so smart and well groomed. You ensure a great rapport between you and any guests, which in turn helps the viewers enjoyment. You are very comfortable and easy to watch and it’s so refreshing to see someone prioritise the products they’re reviewing (rather than themselves). You are fun and kind and lovely – keep up the good work!
    Karen

  3. Lidia July 20, 2012 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Craig with C :)
    I am in my hotel room preparing for my last day in UK. I have had great time here, especially the weekend at Summer Crafting. Wish weather was a bit better, but still I do not complain.
    Just to share my impression of you is that you are such a positive and natural person, full of energy and…. by the way you have a great smile, lovely teeth, I wish I had mine so nicely positioned as yours :)
    Enjoy the weekend
    Lidia

  4. craig August 29, 2012 at 8:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Karen
    apologies for the delay in replying to your post.
    Thank you SO much for those kind words, they are much appreciated and praise indeed! I reckon I will have to show them to my boss in fact!! haha!
    Great to know you are watching and enjoying and if you would like to stay in touch you can always contact me here, on facebook or twitter.
    Thanks again Karen, big hugs
    Craig
    x

  5. craig August 29, 2012 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    hi Lidia
    apologies for the delay in replying!
    Oh, summer crafting was so much fun and it was so great to meet you.
    I thought the same of you, very positive upbeat and a happy soul – you were a joy to meet.
    Are you on facebook or twitter?
    Lets stay in touch!
    Craig
    x
    ps – thank you for the compliment on my teeth – luckily they are one of my best assets, I dont have many so I will accept your compliment on those!! haha Big hug xx

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