April already! Hope you had a nice Easter? I worked for most of it, but I did have a night off to go and see Sarah Millican. What a great show – she’s definitely not for the easily offended, but she’s a fabulous, feisty, funny woman and I absolutely love her. If the tour comes anywhere near you, and there are any tickets available, I thoroughly recommend it. The start of April also seems to have finally – FINALLY! – brought signs of spring to my garden. I took this picture the other day – there is now a fabulous display of daffodils and crocuses bordering the pond, which makes me smile every time I turn into the driveway. Hurray!
It’s always nice to treat yourself to a few new fashion bits and pieces for a new season, and I just wanted to show you this fabulous necklace from one of my favourite QVC jewellery ranges, Pilgrim. There are shows coming up towards the end of April and this necklace will feature, as well as lots of other new pieces. I wore this out for dinner recently and had so many compliments. Look out for it on the website soon!
Also…PIES! Every time I do a show with The Real Pie Company they remind me of the time I walked into the studio where the team were setting up, and yelled “PIES!” at the top of my voice – not realising that at the other end of the studio, Alison Young was presenting a live beauty hour. Whoops.
“What on EARTH was that?” asked the director in the gallery.
“Just Jackie, quietly entering the studio,” replied the floor manager with a resigned sigh…
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I can’t help myself when these pies are around though…they are just so darn good! I’m rather excited then to be launching their Today’s Special Value offer at midnight on Thursday 19th. It’s an amazing 12 piece “best sellers and new spring pies” collection – it includes award winners like the peppered steak pie, steak and mushroom pie, plus steak and mature cheddar. For chicken pie fans there’s chicken, sage and onion and the new chicken, smoked bacon and leek, and for veggie lovers the delicious new asparagus and mushroom.
When I got my sample box to take home I was in pie heaven – take a look at the video! (Just to point out that the packaging in this video isn’t what you will get – the proper packaging was still at the printers when I got my early sample.) The two pies I’ve tried so far were divine – the asparagus was so fresh, the mushrooms so tasty, the chicken so moist. I could eat these every day (there are always some in our freezer!), and they really do live up to their slogan of “crammed to the crust”, with incredibly tender meat and that hand-finished, light puff pastry top. They arrive chilled, ready to eat or to freeze. An offer not to be missed, foodies!
Have a good week…fingers crossed that by the time I blog again, spring will have well and truly sprung!
Love Jackie x