Pub quiz, many meals out and me baring all!

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Debbie and her pal Shyama at the pub quizThis week…
- How good are you at pub quizzes? Guess these caricatures!
- Have you ever had lobster? And French jazz in Kennington…
- Debbie bares all on live TV!
- And as promised, Simon Brown's recipes for our cook's essentials mixer…


Pub quiz in Camden
Now it's a little-known fact that I'm actually quite – er – competitive. In certain situations of course(!). So did my pal Shyama know what she was letting herself in for when she agreed to come with me to the weekly Sunday night quiz at The Prince Albert in Camden? No she didn't!

CaricaturesI can't help it, I just can't help it! There's something that kicks in when I think there's an anomaly in the scoring, or the quizmaster sets a question that's actually wrong (he did this week, as it happens! – at least we weren't the only ones who pointed it out!). I just have this inate urge to make things 'fair' – it's a childhood thing and being the oldest of five, what can I say! But into the pub we went – and actually had a really fun night! The caricatures above were one round – I got seven – see how many you can get and I'll tell you the answers next week!

There was a wines anagram round (Shyama aced those!), and a Family Fortunes round – for instance – see if you can get the top answer to this – 'name a pop song with the words Lord or Lady in it'. The homonyms round – (words that sound the same but are spelt differently) – was where it all fell apart for quiz master Al, bless him. (eg 'an underage person/and less important', – the answer was 'minor' and er, 'minor'! Lol! – he thought they were spelt differently! In the end after a quick Google check, he admitted it didn't actually count as a homonym! But he gave it to everyone anyway! We – well Shyama – who is a journalist! – did well on the others. Didn't get 'to set a dog on/brilliant' though – that was apparently 'sic' and 'sick'… Eh?! Haha!)

But it was the music round – which is normally my favourite! – that really let us down. Whereas we'd been getting 7-9 out of 10 in the other five rounds, we got half out of ten! Half!! In the music round. Too bad it was things like 'Guru Josh Project', and 'Third Eye Blind' – who?!! The quiz master is obviously into indy pop and we failed miserably as a result! Lol. Oh well.

I thought the name we picked for mine and Shyama's team was not a bad attempt tho – this week's theme had to be a mixture of an actor and confectionery – we came up with 'Helena 'Bon-bon'ham Carter'… doh! Others were 'Hari-bo' Connick Junior, and Jack 'black-jack'. Can you think of any others?

 
OK so 5th out of 16 teams wasn't too bad. Will have to go there again! Only this time take my kids for the music round! Hehe!

More magic meals out
As I mentioned last week, I had a packed week of socialising. It's not often I get a lot of evenings free, so I made the most of it! Apart from my pub quiz night with Shyama, I also saw my lovely pal Thea one night, at the local Italian round the corner from QVC – San Gennaro – they think I live there some weeks I'm sure!

Inside The Lobster Pot restaurantThen I caught up with my son's godfather who we call Gaffer (his real name's Nigel) for a super Thai meal in Wardour Street – where I used to go a lot with LJ when I worked in London a few years back, it's called Busaba and I loooove their smoked chicken and broccoli in noodles. But the piece de resistance was my Friday treat – lobster!

If you get a really special occasion to celebrate, I heartily recommend Instrument panelThe Lobster Pot in Kennington. The food is absolutely amazing! Rocker Nigel and I had a fab night there – the décor adds to the ambience – it's kind of 'interior of a cruise liner' – even the waiters had white jackets with brass buttons and epaulets!

Loved the netting on the walls, and the authentic ancient mariner-type mouthpiece and instrument panel by the door! Genius! And the sounds of seagulls instead of music!

French singerAfterwards we went upstairs in the Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec (yes really!) next door, where a beautiful French jazz singer was performing with an ensemble that included piano, guitar and double bass as well as the ubiquitous accordion! It was quite magical – made me feel like I could have been in the South of France! Shame I was with a pal and not a romantic interest but hey ho! Lol.
 
Nigel plays silly buggers with his lobster!Mais oui! All in all, a lovely night with a good pal. Nige was on good fun form as usual during the meal – not sure the fellow diners appreciated his humour with the remainder of the lobster tho – but I did!

So some lovely nights out – and I decided over the weekend it's time to start dating again – so I'm on the lookout for some good singles nights in and around the south east, Surrey and London, OK? Let me know if you can recommend one! And if his pal Sam from Kingston is reading this – get in touch – sounds like you and me are kindred spirits! Hehe!

Simon Brown's tips
cook's essential mixerStaying with food – and why not (!), Simon Brown and I had a great couple of kitchen shows again recently – see at the end of this post for the recipes he promised he would give me to put on my blog.

He certainly knows how to make a cake, that man! Even if I couldn't wait for him to cook the mixture before eating it during the show! Nothing like licking a bowl! Lol. And since my new mixer just arrived I'm planning to put it to good use and I've promised him I'll attempt proper baking! Simon's back on Wednesday 26th October by the way, with the next in the range of our new cook's essentials Ultra Pan range.

If you missed the mixer in the blue, I hope it comes back in stock again soon – add your own recipe below on the comments section if you'd like to share it with me! Remember though – the main thing is, the ingredients should all be able to be piled into the main bowl and let the mixer do the hard work!

On-air fun – Debbie bares all!
Debbie bares allNo it's not a black eye – Your's Truly took off telly tart make-up, live on air during Saturday's Liz Earle TSV show – for the full low down, watch the link! They said I was very brave to take off my makeup on live telly, but to be honest, it's easy with a range like Liz's.

It just shows you how good Cleanse & Polish is – I love it and use it all the time! (We featured the limited edition duo – if you hurry you may be able to get it in its special size and packaging for Christmas pressies!)

 

Footnotes
Mills & Boon booksREAD: Wow how proud was I recently, going down the book aisle in my local Tesco superstore and finding my writing group pal's new Mills and Boon novel on sale! It's her second one – if you like Regency romances, do go buy it – it's only £3 or so, and she has a lovely turn of phrase and some great research of what life – and love – was like in the olden days!

When I'm a grown up – one day – I dream of MY book being on those shelves! Hers is called 'The Earl Plays With Fire', it's green, and it's by 'Isobelle Goddard' – aka my pal Maureen from my Tuscany writing group!

If you've ever wondered what it's like in Tuscany, take a look at this lovely place from one of my first blogs. And if you're not into romances, well not the traditional ones, make sure you have a look at the interview I did with Lee Child last month – his new book is the nearest that his hero Jack Reacher comes to a romantic  involvement with a laydeeee – I've added the link to the interview in one of my comments at the bottom of this blog – do go watch it, it's utterly fascinating how this man works, unlike most other authors!

WATCH: Haven't had much time for cinema this week – needless to say! But in the midst of my computer work, this little funny popped up – animal outtakes make me laugh, and this one is just sooooooooooo cute!

 
 
QVC: Well, there's a lot to see on QVC in the coming week – I'm thrilled to be presenting the new range from one of my favourite jewellery ladies, Carolyn Pollack. Do join me on Monday at 5pm-7pm for Sincerely Silver with Carolyn and me.

Sincerely Silver Rodeo Opaque Apatite Enchancer PendantYou may know I wear some of her jewellery – South Western Silver, all the time, I love it, and this personal range has been long awaited.

PLUS: In what's become an annual event – our Prices Candles Christmas gift TSV on Sunday night at midnight! I love the new type of clever candle that becomes its own little lamp including their classic vanilla pod fragrance!

Candle lampEnjoy the week all – and if you're a regular reader, but haven't commented for a while – leave me a comment below! On any of the points above!

Hugs,
Debs
Xx

Simon Brown's cook's essentials stand mixer recipes
Simon BrownHere are some simple recipes to get you started, and then a classic Christmas cake recipe for when you've gained a bit more confidence. Have fun!

Simple Victoria sponge cake
225g/8oz self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
225g/8oz caster sugar
225g/8oz softened butter or margarine (butter gives a much better flavour)
4 eggs
Jam to fill
1 tablespoon caster sugar for dusting

Put all the ingredients into the bowl and fit the flat beater. Start on speed 1 then gradually increase to speed 6 and beat for 2 minutes. Meanwhile grease two 20cm/8" non-stick sandwich cake tins or silicone cake pans.
Spoon the mixture into the tins and level with a spoon then bake at 180C/Gas Mark 4 for 25 – 30 minutes until the cakes are well risen, golden brown and firm to the touch.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes then carefully remove from the tins and cool on a wire cooling rack.
Sandwich together with jam and dust with caster sugar before serving.

Peanut butter cookie – makes about 24
175g/6oz softened butter
55g/2oz crunchy peanut butter
85g/3oz caster sugar
85g/3oz soft brown sugar
1 egg
280g/10oz plain flour

Put the butter, peanut butter and both types of sugar into the bowl and fit the flat beater. Start on speed 1 then gradually increase the speed to 6 and beat for 2 minutes. Now add the egg and beat on speed 6 for 1 minute. Add the flour and mix in on speed 1 – 2 to form a firm dough.
Using floured hands, roll the mixture into walnut-sized pieces and place on a silicone baking sheet or a greased baking tray. Press each piece with a fork to flatten a little. Bake at 180C/Gas Mark 4 for 10 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Bread dough (for a loaf or pizza base) – makes one loaf/pizza base
500g/1lb 2oz strong white bread flour
1tsp salt
7g/¼oz sachet fast-action yeast
3 tablespoons oil
300ml/18 fluid ounces luke warm water
Butter for serving

Put the flour, salt and yeast in the bowl and fit the dough tool. Start on speed 1 then gradually add the water and oil to the bowl. Now increase the speed to 3 and leave the mixer to knead the dough for 5 minutes. If the machine begins to slow then increase the speed to 4.
Now cover the bowl with oiled cling film and leave to stand for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size. Remove the cling film and switch the machine on at speed 2 or 3 and knead for a couple of minutes.
For a loaf, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf. Transfer to a silicone baking sheet or an oiled baking sheet and cover with oiled cling film. Leave to stand for about an hour until doubled in size again.
Remove the cling film then bake the bread at 220C/Gas Mark 7 for about 30 minutes until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when the bottom is tapped. Cool on a wire rack for a few minutes then serve warm with butter.
For a pizza, roll the dough into a large circle and transfer to a silicone baking sheet or an oiled baking sheet. Add your favourite topping then bake at 220C/Gas Mark 7 for about 15 minutes until bubbling and golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve in slices.

Meringues (or Pavlova) – serves 12
4 egg whites (with absolutely no yolk in them, or else they won't whisk properly)
8oz caster sugar
300ml/½pt double cream
For Pavlova:
450g/1lb fresh soft fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries etc)

Put the egg whites into the bowl and fit the whisk. Whisk on speed 6 for about 3 minutes until the mixture forms stiff peaks (you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without the egg white falling out!). Now continue whisking as you add the sugar in tablespoonfuls. Once all the sugar is in the mixture should have become thick and glossy.
For meringues spoon the mixture onto a silicone baking sheet or a baking tray lined with non-stick baking parchment. Bake at 130C/Gas Mark ½ for 10 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 100C/Gas Mark ¼ and bake for 2 hours until crisp.
For Pavlova pile the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread out to form a 25cm/10" circle. Bake at 130C/Gas Mark ½ for 10 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 100C/Gas Mark ¼ and bake for 3 hours until crisp.
Meanwhile whip the cream. Wash and dry the bowl and whisk, then put the cream into the bowl and fit the whisk. Whip the cream on speed 6 for 2-3 minutes until thick but not grainy (or it will become butter!). Cover and chill.
Remove the meringues/Pavlova from the oven and allow to cool completely then carefully remove from the baking sheet and peel off the baking parchment (if using).
Use the whipped cream to sandwich the meringues together in pairs then pile on a serving plate and serve within one hour of filling (or else the meringues will become soggy).
For the Pavlova, transfer to a large serving plate and spread with the whipped cream.  Pile the fruit on top then serve within one hour (to avoid sogginess).

Traditional dark Christmas cake (he's not kidding about more adventurous! Debs x)
400 g/14 oz currants
7 oz/200 g raisins
7 oz/200 g sultanas
50 g/2 oz glacé cherries, rinsed, dried and quartered
3tbsp brandy, plus extra for 'feeding', if desired
225 g/8 oz dark muscovado sugar
225 g/8 oz softened butter
4 large eggs, beaten
225 g/8 oz plain flour, sieved
½ tsp ground mixed spice
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
50 g/2 oz mixed candied peel, roughly chopped
50 g/2 oz whole un-blanched almonds, roughly chopped
½ tbsp black treacle
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon

In a large bowl, mix together the fruit and brandy, cover and leave in a cool place overnight to soak.
Line a 20cm/8" round or 17.5cm/7" square cake tin with greaseproof paper and grease well. Tie a double layer of brown paper around the tin.
Fit the flat beater and beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (a table mixer is good for this to save your wrists!) Now add the beaten eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
Next, gently fold-in the sieved flour and the spices then fold-in the soaked fruit and any remaining liquid from the bowl, the peel, nuts, treacle and orange and lemon zests.
Carefully spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface then gently form a shallow hollow in the centre of the cake so that it can rise but still have a fairly flat top for icing. Loosely cover the tin with greaseproof paper.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 140C/275F/Gas Mark 1 for 4½ – 5 hours until firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool in the tin for about ½ an hour then transfer it to a wire rack and leave until completely cold. Now wrap the cake in a double layer of greaseproof paper, place in a Snapfresh or airtight container and store in a cool, dark place until ready to decorate.
If you wish, you can 'feed' the cake on a weekly basis by unwrapping it and piercing holes in the surface with a skewer then spooning over a couple of tablespoons of brandy which soaks in and adds to the richness.

Keep an eye on QGossip over the coming months for how to decorate your cake, cook your turkey without tears, and Simon's Christmas Question. Simon's back on Wednesday 26th October, by the way, with the next in the range of our new cook's essentials Ultra Pan collection.

21 Comments

  1. Linda, Glasgow October 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    I’m exhausted reading your blogxx – i cant keep up with you girl(but please dont slow downxx). I’m not even attempting your quiz questions – i’m utterly useless when it comes to this type of thing – Julia will testify to this(not mentioning icebergs or anything!!- a comment i left her a couple of blogs ago). Your quiz night sounds fun – i’m like you Debs re “putting things right” – i cannot see an injustice and not try to right it(if i can) – its the one thing in life that makes me really angry(you’ll not be surprised if i tell you that i’m a lawyer for my sins). Lobster is something i’ve always wanted to taste(i watch alot of Masterchef and the likes) but it seems a little fiddly with all the shell cracking that is needed just to begin eating!! Now Liz Earle – like you i’m a big fan too – i love the cleanse and polish(you were so brave taking your makeup off on air). Liz’s products smell so lovely,they really set me up for a great nights sleep(but i’ve got to give a shout out for Elemis and Decleor too along with the BE night treatment) – i’ve ordered the try me’s of the BE skincare and the Emma Hardie skincare – when i get round to trying them i’ll let you know what i think.So lovely of Simon to share his recipies with us gals – but i’ve got to say that Julia’s christmas cake recipe takes some beating not to mention her chocolate cake recipe – both absolutely scrummyx Look after yourself Debsx Speak to you on your next blogx Happy writing and bakingx Love Linda,Glasgowxx(i love leaving you QVC gals a commentx- thanks for acknowledging my regular words of wisdom – not!!x)

  2. Susan October 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    How the heck do you have time to type ALL your antics up!? That’s an even more mammoth one than usual! You’re a social butterfly if ever I saw one. I must say how phenomenal your skin is. 50 in a few months and not a flippin wrinkle!! It is so tight, glowing and lifted! And super brave yes to take off the Telly Tart makeup! Lol love that phrase. Chat soon,
    Susan x

  3. janet groves October 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Love your blogs so so funny. Good on you taking your make off on tele but I must say you looked just as good without it.
    Best Wishes
    Janet
    x

  4. Sharon Escudier October 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    The name Tina Stanbridge rings a bell and I definitely remember Loretta – also Denise Mee, Sheila Robinson and Hayley Waterman and a boy called John Turner but that’s it – I don’t remember anyone else.
    I work at one of the biggest advertising agencies in London for the Global Creative Director – I’m his PA and involved in the production of all his commercials – he’s just finished shooting one in Budapest with the very lovely Hugh Jackman. As I said before a lot of the writers have books out and TV series – my previous boss, who no longer works in advertising, had a television series on ITV last year and quite a few have published books from murders to rom coms to football books. They still have to keep up the day job though – even though advertising isn’t great right now.
    I love Lee Childs and I’m so jealous you got to meet him! I think the Jack Reacher novels are great and have read them all – I’ve just started The Affair on my kindle which I’m enjoying. I also thought One Day was a great book by the way, I was so shocked by the ending, won’t go into detail here just in case someone is reading this who’s not read the book yet. I’ve not seen the film though, in the same way that I cannot watch House because of his accent I can’t bear the thought of Anne Hathaway’s accent either.
    I’m loving reading your book and film tips. Also loving christmas on QVC – not so my bank manager – I have seriously spent a fortune! I don’t suppose you know whether there will be another Acer laptop TSV before Christmas do you? Or Tom Tom or Bose earphones! I know you’ll probably not be able to say but these are all pressies I’m getting and I really wouldn’t think of buying them from anywhere but QVC now to be honest!
    Take care Debbie, speak soon.
    Sharon xx

  5. Michelle Roberts October 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, Yet another fabulous Blog, I adore the kitty clip-me after a busy day in the cattery.
    I used to love my pub quiz in the village but the pub has shut down now shame because it was such a fun night, by the way I was rubbish our team always came bottom, however we were pretty hot on the old treasure hunts!!!!
    I’m loving Simons recipes i think I made his Christmas cake last year and the results were good we had a very nice moist cake, will be trying out his Palova over the weekend, we have a early birthday bash for hubby the big 40 creeping up for him now.
    Debs will miss you for a while on here now as my holiday will soon be here, Australia here we come!!! I will of course be taking all my Liz Earl’s products, Ultra sun,etc
    The Ipad is coming with me, already down loaded loads of books, the next phrase for me is how to download pictures, perhaps hubby will teach me, he might have more patience and time on hols.
    Until next time Probably December take care.
    Love to the Pogs.
    Big hug for you Debs
    Michelle x x x

  6. debs f October 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Michelle – good luck in Australia! am sure the hotter weather will feel lovely for your bones! and thanks again for being a regular contributor on here – glad you like the blogs!
    Let me know when you’re back and looking fwd to hearing about your antics down under! lol.
    d
    x

  7. debs f October 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Linda – so nice to hear from you as usual – funny that you’re a ‘world’s problems corrector’ like me! lol.
    Yes I know Julia’s baking is legendary – she sometimes brings things into our presenters’ lounge for us to sample. I’ve always admired that skill!
    Interesting about the BE skincare – do let me know what you think of the night treatment. Also if anyone’s watching who has tried the new L’Occitane face cream do leave me a comment about it – Alexis’s info on Sunday (23rd Oct) about the Beauty Bible’s opinion was very impressive for sure!
    d
    x
    ps you’re in Glasgow – do you know Glasgow Health Solutions or have you heard of doctor Tom Gilhooly? I interviewed him once – he’s an amazing man.

  8. debs f October 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Janet – oh bless you, thank you! I’m not sure you’d be saying that if you were here looking at me this morning tho – ‘morning face’ tells all! Not that my late nights are down to any more sinister cause than late shifts at QVC! lol.
    Do come back on here regularly – I do like having feedback from newcomers to my blog comments!
    d
    x

  9. debs f October 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Sharon – hello again old school pal! gosh you’ve got a better memory than me for our primary school days for sure! How great that you have such a good job – sounds fascinating. When I left LSE uni, I applied for several jobs in advertising before I went into accountancy and on to radio and telly. Would have loved to have been a copywriter. Now as you may have heard me say, my dream is ‘to live in LA and write movies’ – haha! Do you know any sit com writers by the way? Does anyone else writing this? A pal needs to get in touch with one.
    Glad you love Jack Reacher – I’m just waiting for my mate Rocker Nigel to finish my copy of The Affair and I’ll be reading it too. Have had a glut of Mills and Boon romances of late – studying for my own novel’s revisions, which are about to start! Shame you’re not into romances – I’d have got you to give me your opinion on it when it’s done! lol.
    Know what you mean about One Day – ending was a jolt – worked better in the film, actually, IMO.
    Keep in touch
    d
    x

  10. debs f October 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    ps Sharon – will see if I can find out about the QVC upcoming stuff for you.
    d
    x
    nb – did you see last weekend’s Acer laptop TSV?!! Best thing is to buy something and keep the little advance schedule that comes in the pack cos often you can tell what the TSV’s are from the midnight shows…

  11. Pamela October 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie I am not writing about anything in particular , just to say I think you are a FAB presenter , you are so down to earth and unpretentious . You always cheer me up ! .
    Pamela xx

  12. Sharon Escudier October 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb,
    I do know a comedy writer – books though, he’s written quite a few – his name is Paul Burke, he wrote Father Frank, Life of Reilly amongst others, not really sit com though so not sure how helpful he would be. I also know Richard Curtis but he is rom com rather than sit com of course!! I would absolutely love to have a read of your book! I don’t mind romantic novels at all – I guess One Day was a bit of a romantic one – I kind of go through stages in books, into murder mysteries one minute, comedy and biogs the next, all sorts! But you can be sure that I would give you a proper critique! I’m used to reading things for people and letting them know what I think – I am such a stickler for continuity and seriously you’d be surprised how many people get that wrong – a writer who I know once wrote a novel – it took him about 9 months – he hadn’t realised in that time that he’d changed the name of one of the characters, not a lead character of course by he’s refered to him by 2 different names between the first and final chapter! It happens a lot in soaps and films and books and I find it so annoying!
    Unfortunately I missed the last Acer TSV, but it’s still on an introductory price and there is one on 4 easy pays so I may just buy that one!
    I’m loving your campaign for wider shoes too – I have so many problems with my feet – all way to dull to go into – but it does mean that I need a wider shoe than I used to and also a deeper one, if you know what I mean by deeper! I cannot have anything pushing down on my big toe and I have a fallen arch (I told you there were loads of problems that were so dull!)and I have found some excellent brands on QVC including Rockport, Emu and now Lyla which I am loving.
    Speak soon
    Sharon xx

  13. Beverley mercer October 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hey Debbie, just reading one of your comments about Jack Reacher OMG I love Lee Childs books. Not read The Affair yet. Can’t wait to get it tho.
    I saw you wearing a deep red nail polish a couple of weeks ago and I just want to say it really suited you. Looked so glam. I like Jermyn st but the red colour was fabulous on you xx
    Bev x

  14. debs f October 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Pamela – oh thank you hon! it’s nice to hear! I remember many years back when I was going thru a hard time whilst at QVC, when my marriage was having problems shortly before we got divorced, and all the lovely letters and cards I got from viewers really cheered ME up one christmas! So I am glad to help anyone else in need of a smile! it’s what I’m there for! Well, partly! lol
    best wishes and do come back on here regularly and give me your thoughts on different things!
    d
    x

  15. Linda, Glasgow October 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs – I know “off” Dr Gilhooly and am aware of Glasgow Health Solution but haven’t had any contact with them – i’m so interested in nutrition and especially the “omegas” – i firmly believe that if we feed the brain and body with good nutrition,vitamins and minerals then we reap the rewards re health,concentration,brain power and general quality of life – fascinating eh?I specialise(unfortunately) in child protection(i’ve a PhD in child psychology),i’m currently doing research on this subject and also work in children’s law with the childrens panel system in Scotland – i ,hopefully,try to empower and give children(they dont need to be in trouble) a voice if they need it.Onto a lighter subject, we are both interested in beauty,skincare etc,i think that antioxidants are the key to healthy skincare/bodycare and fighting good old mother earth re ageing etc(Liz Earle’s range is proof of this theory i think) – thats not to say that science in other ranges doesnt play a part but i think the basics start with antioxidants? I watched you last night in a “dreamkeapers hour” – you are looking great – i loved the black sleeveless dress and red shawl over your shoulders it made you look very trim(dont lose too much weight pleasex)now mentioning not taking off too much weight – bread and butter pudding WITH cream!!-i wanted some too-it looked scrummy!! Simon Brown reminds me of the late great Steve “Whatters” Whatleyxx but his cooking skills are lethal(to our waistlines!!) love Cooks Essentials and Simon is a great guestx Speak on your next blog Debsx Still loving the BE night treatment(there is definitely something to this soil complex)Look after yourselfx Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  16. debs f October 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Beverley – thank you! I liked the red too – it was part of the Leighton Denny TSV kit! I do prefer my Jermyn St tho – I’m a creature of habit! : – ) . What do you wear? Do come back regularly and comment some more on here! Nice to hear from you.
    d
    x

  17. debs f October 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    SHaron – Richard Curtis is one of my heroes – four weddings and notting hill are his, aren’t they? Tell you what – leave me on your next comment, your email and contact info and maybe you and me should have a meet up in London for a coffee and a catch up eh? Not sure I’ll remember much from primary school days, but sounds like we’ll have a lot to chat about! glad you like the wider shoes! Loving the Lyla slouch suede boots at the mo! Lived in my purple ones last year! :-) x

  18. helen October 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    hi debbie 1st comment but had to do it,please plead with the buyers for more size 9 boots/shoes I always bought markon I am always watching qvc and see all these beautiful boots etc and cant buy any. watched you the other night with the lyla boots and your passion was fantastic. yes i did buy the one and only style in a 9. us large footed girls know you can do it debs. thanks.

  19. Sharon Escudier October 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hey Debbie,
    My hotmail is: sharon.escudier@hotmail.co.uk – drop me an email and I’ll send you my mobile number and we can meet up – seriously I remember hardly a thing about last week let alone primary school! But we’ll have loads to talk about. How funny that you’ve met Lee Childs one of my heroes and I’ve met Richard Curtis one of yours? Typical!
    Sharon xx

  20. debs f November 1, 2011 at 2:08 am -  Reply

    helen – noted! Enjoy your Lyla boots and thanks so much for commenting! Do come back regularly as I love getting feedback from you guys!
    d
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    ps I do always reply too!

  21. debs f November 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Sharon – thanks for comment – replied to elsewhere on this blog! Looking fwd to meeting up!
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