Why I love today’s bakeware TSV


Alison's chocolate sponge and bakeware TSV

One of my favourite men to find in a kitchen is Malcolm Harradine, and at midnight last night he was in our kitchen with a fabulous three-piece Technique silicone bakeware set. Deep joy! 

It's oven, freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe, and so versatile that you can cook anything from muffins to mezze in it. Plus, whatever you put into it, it's GUARANTEED to come out whole without sticking. 

The price is quite simply ridiculous…. not a word I use lightly… but having seen the price for just ONE part of this amazing set that has another notable chef''s name on it, I know you're going to want this to grace your kitchen. Oh, and this particular collection packs down flat too, so you can save masses of room in that silly drawer thing under your cooker…. crazy design…

I'd love to know if you've used our silicone bakeware before, so do let me know how you got on with it, and also the most exciting thing you've cooked in it!  I've chose the red silicone collection and have made Hasslebach potatoes in the rectangular one… the cheese didn't burn or stick, it was great. Even my chocolate sponge turned out nice…. as George Fornby would say.

Seems like light years ago since I was enjoying the Herefordshire countryside, but variety is the spice of life, and there's certainly plenty of that at QVC Towers!  Last week, within the space of three days, I'd epilated my legs on air, worked wonders on a stubborn wrinkle on my face with Prai's Take 5 product, and actually strutted my stuff with our stunning models and Kim Mendelson on the catwalk for our Kim and Co TSV!

It's great to have such a range of products to show you, but I have to let you into a secret… the studios are actually on different floors and so we literally have 80 seconds to get from one to the other in a break. It's hard enough in bare feet – but almost impossible with five inch heels on! So… our lovely floor manager Dickie had to give me a piggy back into Studio 1! Good job he's a strong lad, and better still that I was wearing trousers!

Looking forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your week.

Love Ali x


  1. Sharon Gasparutti April 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    I bought the last TSV from the Techniques range in the bakeware and like you I love it. I mainly do a lot of baking, especially with my mum’s birthday I’ll be making a nice Victoria sponge with buttercream for a treat, but I’ve also made Malcom’s ginger cake and fruitcake madiera cake and it doesn’t stick. Well heres to no more baking parchment or greasing cake/sponge tins.
    Well done to QVC for an excellent TSV and yes ones a poet and doesn’t know it!

  2. dorothy young April 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    bought these last tsv didnt have them long as my daughter pinched them had to order more they are great threw all tins out nothing sticks great for cakes and pasta bakes
    my husband says i have to stop watching its costing a fortune but love the shows

  3. alison keenan April 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon,
    How lovely to hear from you and especially cos you’ve had such great results from the silicone bakeware. I was really cynical til I tried it, and then as you say no more baking parchment or greasing of cake tins! It’s a revolution! I’d like to wish your mum a very happy birthday and hope that you continue to enjoy not only Malcolm’s recipes but a few that i have up my sleeve too!
    Take care and have a great Bank Holiday weekend.
    Ali c

  4. alison keenan May 1, 2009 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Hello Dorothy, I have a feeling my silicone bakeware may well be heading MY daughter’s way too, as she’s currently looking to buy her own place and needs to start from scratch! So glad you enjoy the shows and I’m sure your husband would be placated if you made him a cake ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely weekend and thanks so much for writing.
    Ali x

  5. Lewis H May 4, 2009 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Been offline for a week cos my laptop had acquired some form of Swine flu computer virus…luckily it soon revived once it was discovered that actually it was more of a maaan cold computer virus…ho hum…
    Anyways just a follow up re: Stonehenge…curiously aligned with the stars some authorities believe these circled stones to have been an astronomically sacred temple.The construction and orientation against the background stars allows celestial cycles to be recognised using the small standing stones as markers of the sunrise/sunset and moon’s path in the sky,when one day a year they coincide marking a culturally significant day in the Stonehengian social calendar.Somehow aligning the solar cycles ( across the signs of the zodiac) and the lunar cycles that showed a movement against the backgound stars periodically, called precession, (and I am no astronomer)was of deep significance as this appears to unify the lifestyle of ‘Hunters of animals’ typically working at night( using the Moon for light etc) with the daytime farmers and wheat cultivators dependent on the Sun for the seasons of the year for their crop harvesting…
    ‘simples’… nyet?
    Also as for the construction of the megalith one theory I saw on Blue Peter (so it must be true) is that these big Welsh stones were floated upriver ( The Severn?) and rolled across overland to what is now Wiltshire where a specially constructed sand dune was slowly excavated away underneath thus raising upright the heavy stones as the sand supported the weight…similar to techniques thought to be used by the ‘builders of pyramids’….
    Bet they wont show that technique on Channel Four’s ‘Grand Designs’though…
    Hope this casts a light that clarifies rather than obscuring with the clouds of verbiage….
    tootle pip ; )

  6. alison keenan May 21, 2009 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Lewis, I thought I’d penned a lengthy reply to your incredibly informative missive, but it appears not – or at least it hasn’t posted – so apologies all round! It’s fascinating and will be regaled to all those who stop long enough to find out about Stonehenge in future!
    Love Channel 4’s Grand Designs, but have to say that the couple last night who had set their hearts on this enormous new build in Spain drove me potty! I’m amazed that the builders didn’t dance off into the sunset and leave them to it. The size of the pool was about the size of the village I live in,…. not that I’m bitter of course, just thinking of cleaning the thing ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you’re well, happy and busy, and sleeping better now.
    Ali x

  7. Lewis H May 27, 2009 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    thanx 4 the reply Ali,have been running around like a blue Arsenal supporter( caused by the cold in between the sunny spells)hence have not had time to recklessly write my thoughts … family legal issues and between working and church work and voluntary community concerns, am addressing the problems associated with publishing my second book of poetry( verse than the first,it appears)….still 5 minutes to check in and say ‘hi’ and thank you for your correspondence.Hope all is well with you and yours…PS one of my Mum’s relatives from Italy just had a plaque unveiled by the Mayoress Of Westminster and the Italain Ambassador ‘cos he stayed near Portobello Rd before and during the WW2…(in Gloucester Terrace W2)so there we go and here we are! Keep up the good work!

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