Christmas preparations and cake


I hope all’s well…

So we started our run up to Christmas last weekend at The Q and that included a two hour Andi Peters’ Food Fest – it was a very busy show and our first held on a Sunday.

Of course we’re not celebrating yet, we are just giving our customers the option to plan ahead for the festive period, be it by ordering festive food, decorations or gift ideas.

We also started our extended money back guarantee for gifts – meaning a gift bought from now on can be given on Christmas Day and returned to us right up to the 25th of January, if not suitable. Now that will fill many of us with confidence, particularly on higher priced items – always a bit of a gamble if you’re trying to surprise someone special.

On Saturday, we’re featuring a brilliant piece of tech kit from Amazon that may well tick a few boxes for a great gift.

I’ve not got my hands on one yet, but here is an overview I’ve been given:

The Amazon Fire HD10 Tablet features a vibrant 10.1″ High Definition display, a quad-core processor, a choice between 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage and 2GB of RAM for a fast and responsive experience. Plus, it boasts fantastic features including the Alexa voice-controlled virtual personal assistant. Complete with a voucher that allows you to choose from dozens of customisable cases, along with 32GB SD memory card, this sleek device is perfect for limitless reading, listening and playing. We have a choice of Black, Blue or Red and we’re including a further 32GB of storage in the form of a micro SD card, whatever built-in storage option you choose!

We’ve got a fantastic price, offering a great saving compared to buying direct – so I hope you can join tech expert and my good friend Lee Hohbein at 5pm this Saturday.

Andi Peters and I return this Friday for two shows, again another first for us. We have our first show on at 1pm, followed by a two-hour show at 6pm and we are part of the “Taste of Christmas” event.

The Today’s Special Value on the day is a box of 12 specially baked cakes from The Original Cake Company from Lincolnshire. There are some exquisite cakes in the selection, including wonderful fruit cakes and delicious sponge cakes – I’ve included the list below for you. Andi and I were fortunate enough to try them out this week and we cannot wait for guest baker Simon Woodiwiss to join us in the shows on Friday.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy an Auto Delivery option on the day, in which you’d receive our TSV first, then a Christmas selection for the second delivery, then a repeat of the TSV, and finally a delivery of the Spring selection. I’ll have details, including the cakes in the Christmas/Spring selections and delivery dates, on the day – remember you can cancel our Auto Delivery option at any time.

1 x Very Cherry Fruit Cake (180g) – fruit cake with sultana’s topped with cherries

1 x Cherry & Almond Fruit Cake (165g) – fruit cake with sultana’s topped with glace cherries and flaked almonds

1 x Luxury Jewel Topped Cake (200g) – fruit cake with sultanas topped with cranberries, cherries, walnuts and almonds.

1 x Brandy Fruit & Nut Cake (175g) – fruit cake with sultanas and brandy topped cherries and almonds

1 x Belgian Chocolate Truffle Cake with Malted Balls (125g) – chocolate cake made with ground almonds, milk chocolate topped malted balls, milk and white chocolate

1 x Belgian Chocolate & Orange Truffle Cake (130g) – chocolate cake made with ground almonds, milk chocolate and orange oil, topped with dark chocolate and citrus peel

1 x Belgian Chocolate Truffle Cake with White Chocolate Chunks (125g) – chocolate cake made with ground almonds, milk chocolate and topped with white and milk chocolate chunks

1 x Date & Walnut Cake (140g) – fruit cake made with dates and topped with walnuts

1 x Raspberry Ripple Sponge Cake (110g) – sponge cake with raspberry fruit pieces, topped with raspberry jam drizzle and sugar nibs

1 x Lemon & Blueberry Sponge Cake (110g) – sponge cake made with blueberry fruit pieces and lemon oil, topped with a lemon curd swirl

1 x Cherry Bakewell Sponge Cake (11og) – sponge cake made with cherries and almond flavour, topped with cherries and flaked almonds

1 x Salted Caramel Truffle Cake (130g) – chocolate cake made with ground almonds and milk chocolate, topped with caramel, dark chocolate flavoured drizzle and sea salt

Andi and I hope you can join us together with all of our brilliant guests including Simon this Friday. If you can’t make 1pm, remember we are back at 6pm for two hours.

I’ve been sharing quite a few pictures and videos on my Instagram account @dalefranklinTV (the same as my Twitter) and I’d love it if you followed me on either for a bit of fun and social interaction! Talking of which, I just wanted to sign-off with a bit of a blooper from our last show – it’s a dog I tell you! Enjoy!



Until next time, stay satiated and keep your glasses cleaned…!

Dale x


  1. Kim October 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Dale – When you do your food shows, please will you ensure that you state whether a product is Vegetarian/Vegan or not, on EVERY SINGLE ITEM. If this could be stated on the website as well it would be very helpful. I cannot understand how you can sell food products and not give this information live and online. I expect it from every supermarket and online seller. It really is time QVC got their act together on this. I have been saying this for years, but it just falls on deaf ears. You are missing out on sales by this.

    • dale franklin November 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

      Sorry this is a month late – we’ve had a few issues (now hopefully resolved) with our reply system – Apologies, I had replied earlier but it obviously didn’t make it through the system. I’ll happily pass this onto our buyers Kim – certainly where the item is not obviously carnivorous in nature it’s good to know. We often ask our guests or they offer such info themselves but it’s a good point you make. Dale x

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