Beautiful colours


I love colour, which is probably strange to hear from me considering I have painted my entire house grey! Most of you know I always say my favourite is purple – which happens to be the pantone colour for 2018 (well, ultra-violet to be more accurate) and of course that is the classic colour of Amethyst, this month’s birthstone, but more of that later.

I also love yellow, red, blue, emerald green, pink and a nice bright orange to cheer up miserable grey days. That leads me nicely into the colour of a soup I made earlier in the week. I posted a picture of it on my Instagram, @juliagroberts, and promised I would pop the recipe on here, so here goes…

Tomato, carrot and pepper soup
– 5/6 plum tomatoes
– 2 medium carrots
– 100g chargrilled peppers
– 1 tbsp tomato puree
– 1 tsp of garlic-infused oil
– 500ml vegetable stock
– Sprinkle of onion granules
– Sprinkle of dried oregano
– 6 basil leaves, torn
– Black pepper to taste

1. Score and core tomatoes and immerse in boiling water for 2 minutes before skinning and roughly chopping. Roughly chop carrots then add both to garlic oil over a low heat for a few minutes to soften
2. Add chopped chargrilled peppers and the remainder of the ingredients except the black pepper and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes
3. Blend with stick blender or pour into blender until as smooth as required. Taste and add pepper if neededSoupIt really is very quick and easy and if you don’t have a stick blender you could carefully pour it into your Vitamix or Nutri Ninja. I’ve been making good use of my Nutri Ninja to chop nuts and breadcrumbs for the nut roasts I have been making lately – it’s brilliant! I haven’t bothered with nut roast for years as I usually find them a bit bland but I’ve been experimenting… I’ll have to share that recipe another time. Maybe I should do a recipe of the month on my blog – what do you think?

Back to orange for a moment, there are some decidedly orange/coral shades in one of the options of the OPI TSV today (Monday), the other option is more pinks and both have the fabulous original Nail Envy in which I couldn’t be without particularly the older I get!

OPI 6 Piece Spring Summer Lisbon Collection with Bag 235120OPI 6 Piece Spring Summer Lisbon Collection with Bag 235120I wonder if any of you ordered the new GTech TSV yesterday? I had the original, which I really liked but, being a caring mother, I let Sophie have it as all the ‘normal’ vacuum cleaners she has had get blocked with her cat, Milo’s, fur – he does seem to moult a lot more than Wilfie. Maybe it’s something to do with being ginger? To digress a moment, we took this picture of him lying on the Bose Wave after managing to turn it on!!! Wilfie does it too and it’s very funny to watch them trying to work out where the music is coming from! In this case, it was the soundtrack to the musical we watched on Broadway, A Bronx Tale… maybe it should be A Bronx Tail!!??!!

Cat on Bose

Back to the GTech – you may have read about the saga with our lounge carpet in my blog just before Christmas? We ended up getting a very luxurious New Zealand wool carpet which, although sumptuous under foot, creates a lot of loose fluff and has blocked our upright vacuum twice. The GTech is perfect – it isn’t transporting dirt, dust and fluff up any tubes so there is nothing to get blocked. The suction is even better than the old one too so I won’t be passing this on to Sophie, despite it being ‘purrfect’ for cat hair! Let me know what you think if you ordered it.

So, back to the colour purple and the beautiful amethyst gemstone. You may already have seen me wearing some gorgeous pieces from our amethyst collection which I’ll continue to do throughout February and you can check out the feature on the stone on our website. I thought I would give you a heads up on a couple of pieces I particularly like. This ring, (pictured below) with its beautiful oval cut centre stone in a gorgeous rich colour, flanked by diamonds and set in white gold is my favourite. It’s classy and understated… simply gorgeous.

1.15ct Amethyst & 0.2ct Diamond Trilogy Ring 9ct White Gold 323152

I also like this elegant friendship style bracelet (pictured below), but as I mentioned, do check out the feature on our website to get a better idea of the whole collection if you love purple as much as I do. Incidentally, did you know that amethyst is found inside geodes which look like giant avocado pears. Apparently it’s difficult to know the quality of the stone until the geode is cut open and although the deeper colour is most desired, clarity is a consideration too. Geodes can be huge; in fact when Alison Keenan and I visited China and Hong Kong with our buyers a few years ago we saw one in a collection which was much taller than the pair of us! Amongst other claims, amethyst is said to be good for clearing the mind – ideal for a writer then, I always need ‘room to think’!

2.81ct Amethyst Friendship Bracelet Gold Vermeil Sterling Silver 323059These days, I have a room to think/write in but there is just one problem. It is up at the top of our house so if I’m ‘home alone’ and someone comes to the door I have to go rushing down two flights of stairs. Well, I’m not going to have that problem any more after installing the Ring doorbell, it’s our Today’s Special Value offer on Thursday and it’s available in 4 Easy Pay instalments. Once you’ve downloaded the free app onto your phone or tablet (or both), set up an account and then follow the set-up device instructions.

A little tip; make sure your location is ‘on’ on your device so that it can find your address. You can speak to the person at your front door via your phone even if you’re not  in the house – I had an alert on my phone yesterday when I was actually at QVC waiting to go on air.
Ring notification

You can do a ‘live view’ at anytime to see what’s happening outside your front door – again, I was at work when this footage (video 1) was taken. I’ve recorded a little video (video 2) using the Ring doorbell camera to give you an idea of the quality. It really is a very clever idea.

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Apologies that this didn’t go up on Friday – I was told there were ‘technical problems’.

I hope you enjoy the soup if you make it.


Julia xx


  1. Liberty February 5, 2018 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Lovin’ the cat pics. I lost my elderly cat in May last year & it’s lovely to see pics of yours.

    • Julia Roberts February 7, 2018 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

      Sorry to hear that Liberty – every time Poppy (23 this June) goes off her food I fear the worst but she’s doing okay at the moment
      Julia x

  2. Emily Curtis February 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Great blog Julia I’ve ordered one of each colour of the opi TSV today they are my kind of colours as I tend to wear pinks on my fingernails and corals and darker shades on my toes. I cannot wait to get my hand’s on the rose gold and the qvc exclusive purple shade in the pink set. Anyway I think the ring doorbell is amazing when I’m living on my own in a few years I will definitely get one. Being disabled sometimes by the time I get downstairs to answer the door all I get is a sorry we missed you docket. I’m going to get two on tsv day one for me to keep and the other for my nan who lives alone and doesn’t answer the door at night or to strangers so misses the meter reader’s etc… And that amethyst bracelet is beautiful and would be a perfect gift for my younger sisters birthday on the 27th so I’m going to go on the app and browse amethyst. Have a fantastic week Julia best wishes Emily xx

    • Julia Roberts February 7, 2018 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Emily
      Well done getting both options of the OPI TSV – it was very popular – I think the pinks were my favourite.
      Watch a couple of presentations before you make your mind up on the Ring doorbell because of the price but it is on four easy pays & of course you can use your 30 days to try it out. I think it’s ingenious and Debs Flint is a big fan too.
      I hope your sister will like the bracelet if you decide to get it for her or maybe something else from our website feature.
      Julia x

  3. Janet Hood February 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi. Really like the look of your soup recipe, looks delicious. I’m always on the lookout for new food ideas. I sometimes cook for vegan friends so appreciate some inspiration. Hope you had a great holiday x

    • Julia Roberts February 7, 2018 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

      Hello Janet
      Glad you like the look of my soup – I hope you’ll like the taste of it too.
      I’m veggie rather than vegan but this recipe would be okay for your friends.
      Our holiday was fab thanks
      Julia x

  4. Mary Rottierx February 5, 2018 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I like the soup recipe also I have had a Gtech for quiet a few years and I like it very much I use it every day because I have a little dog and I get loads of mention the amethyst ring I have a very old one my mother had I like it very much but it is so big I don’t wear it all the time but the colour is great.

    • Julia Roberts February 7, 2018 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mary
      I’m surprised that GTech were able to make so many improvements to the older model – I thought that one was great but I do like the lights and the emptying system on the new one.
      What a shame you don’t wear your mum’s amethyst ring much – such a regal colour.
      Let me know if you make the soup
      Julia x

  5. Elizabeth keenan February 5, 2018 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Loving the amethyst ring and bracelet. Its my Birthday stone so might be ordering.
    Your soup looks lovely Julia will be having a go at making it I think.
    Nice blog as usual.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

    • Julia Roberts February 7, 2018 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Glad you enjoy my blogs – let me know what you think of the soup if you make it.
      Happy Birthday when it comes – the ring is REALLY pretty & would make a great birthday treat.
      Julia x

  6. Janet February 6, 2018 at 7:45 am -  Reply

    That soup sounds delicious – it’s easy to make (for me) and is healthy – I’m guessing it tastes as nice as it looks – the quantities given is there much left to freeze so can have it for lunches etc,

    • Julia Roberts February 7, 2018 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi Janet
      I think it tastes pretty good – the quantity is enough for three fairly generous servings. I haven’t tried freezing it but it should be ok.
      Julia x

  7. Janet February 6, 2018 at 7:48 am -  Reply

    Ooh yes love that idea of posting a couple of recipes per month – look forward to the nut roast recipe – post that one soon!

    • Julia Roberts February 7, 2018 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

      Who said anything about a couple of recipes a month? ?? But I will try & do one a month – nut roast next – just for you Janet
      Julia x

  8. Sheila odowd February 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, your soup looks delicious and I am going to try it this weekend. I love the shoes/boots you were wearing this lunchtime (Thursday). Is it possible that you could tell me where I could buy them, if not from qvc. I can t wear fashion shoes and I ve heard you say that you have difficulty too so I wondered if they would suit me. I would love to be able to wear some fashionable footwear again so fingers crossed you will be able to direct me.
    Thank you for the soup recipe and all your lovely blogs.

    • Julia Roberts February 12, 2018 at 11:56 am -  Reply

      Hi Sheila
      Did you name the soup? I did it again yesterday to warm us all up between the hail/snow showers.
      The boots will have been my Clarks ones. I absolutely LOVE them but they are from two seasons ago so no longer available. However, check out Clarks on our website as there are a few similar styles this season.
      Glad you enjoy my blogs
      Julia x

  9. Linda Ryan February 9, 2018 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Love your soup recipe Julia and regularly make your leek and potato and minestrone soup recipes you posted a while back. Would be great if you did post a recipe of the month! A gentle reminder for your delicious looking broccoli quiche recipe, know you busy and have a lot more to worry about than posting recipes but here’s hoping…….

    • Julia Roberts February 12, 2018 at 11:59 am -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      Glad you’re enjoying my soup recipes – did you ever try the peanut butter one?
      Oops – was I supposed to do my broccoli quiche recipe? I’ll put it on this week’s blog…. I blame old age for my lack of memory!
      Julia x

  10. Patricia February 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I definitely think you should do a receipe of the month. It’s always good to get new ideas.

    • Julia Roberts February 12, 2018 at 11:59 am -  Reply

      Thanks Patricia – in that case I shall
      Julia x

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