What I’m about to share with you is not about poor me, more a warning to others to be careful. On Sunday mornings Chris and I have a cooked breakfast of poached eggs (love my Cooks’s Essentials egg poacher) and fried cherry tomatoes with a slice of wholemeal toast. Last Sunday we had the addition of some Quorn bacon style rashers for a change, so I had three pans on the go on our gas hob at the same time.
I always cook Sunday breakfast wearing my towelling dressing gown and that was nearly my undoing. I was reaching across to turn the tomatoes and I felt a sensation of heat. At first I thought it was the handle of the fish slice, which I instantly dropped on the floor, but then I realised, to my horror, that the front of my dressing gown was alight.
I screamed very loudly (sorry neighbours) which brought Sophie running from her bed, where she had been fast asleep, within ten seconds. That ten seconds were some of the most frightening of my life. I was struggling to undo the cord of my dressing gown, all the time panicking that the flames were going to catch my hair which was loose.
Fortunately, with Chris’s help, I managed to get the dressing gown off, throw it on the floor and stamp out the flames before it really took hold, leaving me with only a slight red burn mark on my ribcage. I was however in a state of total shock as I realised how close I had been to disaster.
Chris thinks that a dangling thread must have been caught by the flames of the gas hob. I guess what I’m saying is please be careful when you’re cooking on a naked flame and don’t do the cooking in garments that dangle or have loose threads, I know I won’t again.
So not the best start to the week for me and it hasn’t really improved much as Poppy, my nineteen-year-old cat, is under the weather not having eaten at all in two days. The vet has checked her over and everything seems okay but I won’t be happy until we can get some food down her. It really has been one of those weeks and I’m wondering if maybe Mercury is retrograde at the moment? – anybody know?
Things started to improve yesterday as I went in to QVC to do some preparation work for the next Imagine Cruising show, scheduled for 2nd October at 2pm. I am really pleased to be hosting this show as those of you who read One Hundred Lengths of the Pool will know that I spent six months on a cruise ship as a dancer many years ago.
One of the deals we are offering is a Caribbean cruise so it will be a real trip down memory lane for me. If you are planning your dream holiday, perhaps to celebrate a special birthday or wedding anniversary, I suggest you might want to watch the show.
Also on offer will be a Mediterranean cruise with a three-day stay on Lake Garda (sounds fab) and a cruise from Dubai to Singapore …. I want to do them all!
Today we are looking at Autumn fashion. At 5pm I have The Sak leather handbags – great shapes at really affordable prices for leather – followed by Yong Kim, hopefully featuring the TSV if it’s still available at 6pm.
And then of course more Christmas on QVC next Wednesday and Thursday. The real thing is creeping up on us … less than a hundred sleeps now!
I hope you have a great weekend (be careful when you are cooking).