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Wilfie on a pot pourri huntFirstly, I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter and apologies for not doing a blog last week. Because we work Bank Holidays I had completely forgotten that the office staff who post our blogs don’t … I didn’t realise until Friday morning, by which time it was too late! And then I think there was a problem over the weekend with you not being able to view our blogs … sorry about that, but all sorted now. So let’s get up to date.

Poppy’s trip to the vet went well. She weighed in at just under 3kg but that’s fine for her as she is a little cat. She had her flu’ booster, and everything else is fine, including her remaining teeth and her ‘purrfect’ claws (according to the vet). Poppy was a happy cat, but not so Wilfie.

My friend Denise, who is a Feng Shui aficionado, had tweeted that we should throw away all dried flowers and pot pourri from our homes as they are bad Feng Shui. I did as she suggested but Wilfie was not impressed as he used to like taking pieces out of the bowl and playing with them. I tried to appease him with a little ‘cat nip’ sack but he was a bit moody for a while!

Isn’t it strange how siblings can have different temperaments even in the cat world. His brother Milo, one of my daughter Sophie’s cats, is soooooo placid. She came over for the day on Easter Monday and we decided to take Milo for a walk down our lane on his harness and lead. He had never been outside before, apart from en route to the car to go to the vet, but he loved it.

He was a little unsure on the tarmac of the road but as soon as we got to the woods at the end of the lane he behaved just like a little puppy. It was so funny seeing people’s reaction to him and it certainly raised a few smiles from folk walking their dogs. My only regret was that none of us had a phone with us so we didn’t get any photos.

Asparagus and leek quiche made with Bamix Cake made with BamixI made lasagne for dinner, a special request from Sophie as she had given up pasta for Lent. For lunch we had finished off the asparagus and leek quiche I had made using the Bamix TSV two days earlier. It was absolutely delicious so, if you bought the Bamix, check it out – it’s in the recipe book.

I also made a whisked sponge cake using the basic recipe from my Bero cookery book. I filled it with whipped double cream mixed with mandarin oranges. It’s a cake I used to make when I was in my early teens so it brought back some lovely memories and tasted just as good as I had remembered.

Soup unblended Soup post BamixI also used the Bamix to blend my tomato soup – the one I posted the recipe for a couple of weeks ago. I was able to blend the soup in the saucepan, much safer than pouring hot liquid into a blender! If you bought it let me know what you think … I was very impressed! 



Seeds of hopeOn Tuesday I popped down to an infant school in Virginia Water to ‘help’ some four and five-year-old-children plant some flower seeds as part of British Polio’s ‘Sowing the Seeds of Hope’ campaign, to celebrate their 75th Anniversary. The idea was for the children to learn about the disease that had affected so many children of their age or younger, but also for them to learn about plants and, very importantly, the job the bees do.

It was so cute hearing them saying things like ‘yummy pollen’ while they were posing for their photos, mini rakes and trowels in hand. It is hard to believe my son, now a strapping 6ft 4ins, was ever that little! After the planting I was asked to do a radio interview for BBC Radio Sussex – I happily obliged as it is so important to raise awareness particularly of Post Polio Syndrome, which up to 80% of former sufferers of paralytic polio will develop in later life.

I cannot finish without mentioning my football team, Crystal Palace, who, after beating West Ham Utd last Saturday, secured their place for a second season in the Premier League for the first time ever. I cannot tell you how proud of them I am. As a club, Palace doesn’t have the money to offer players hundreds of thousands of pounds a week so we have had to rely on hard work, passionate fans, belief and team work, all master-minded by the fantastic Tony Pulis. I know Brendan Rodgers from Liverpool will probably win Manager of the Year but for me it is no contest … Tony Pulis, hands down.

B&W piece - 302988It’s also been a busy few days at QVC so I am looking forward to my weekend off but not before Fashion on Friday, which today is Dreamkeeper, and two hours of Butler & Wilson. Unfortunately Simon won’t be in as he is recovering from a hernia operation but I’m looking forward to seeing Nikki Akhtar tonight at 7pm … I do hope you will join us … and remember, this Sunday is Beauty Day.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv April 25, 2014 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope you and the family are well iam not bad

  2. Carol Maguire April 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Aaah, the Bero cookery book, I remember it well. I used that and the Stork cookery book with my pupils in the70’s and 80’s when we were actually teaching children to cook! Oh, and the Dairy book of cookery.

  3. Jean Pugh April 26, 2014 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    So glad everything went well for Wilfie and Poppy at the Vets. Yes Wilfie is not looking to impressed at the empty tray, it is funny how they get used to things being there. Yes Cat’s and Dog’s from the same family do differ dont they.
    Oh Julia your cooking looks and sounds delicious, the quiche has made me hungry, and the cake yummy. Iam going to try your Tomato soup, as I am not a lover of Tomato soup but this sounds great.
    I watched the Bamix show and was going to get one, left it too late didnt I and missed out on the good deal. Surprised at what you could make with it. Will we be seeing you on your own Cookery programme soon.
    Nice to see you with the Children, nice for them to learn about the disease and to learn about the plants and bees.
    Glad your football team is doing well.
    Wishing Simon a speedy recovery.
    Enjoy your weekend off.
    Love Jean XX

  4. c clinton April 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Tony Pulis is the best we should never have let him go from Stoke.All the best with your team but hope you dont overtake us.

  5. Annette Roberts April 28, 2014 at 8:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I did write earlier on the blog before last, but was one of the very last ones to do so, so hope you don’t think I have written for a while.
    I’m really pleased your test results came back OK for you, you’ve been really busy lately and it’s nice to hear about your visit and planting of seeds with the little ones.
    Wow, what a busy bee you’ve been with your Bamix, made some lovely things, the quiche looks scrummy, hope you enjoyed it. I’ve had my Bamix for a few years now, the Swissline version which is very handy, makes really light and fluffy omelettes too!
    Hope Simon has a speedy recovery from his operation, poor thing, nothing worse…hope he’s a good patient, bet he’s got Margaret running round like a headless chicken!
    Could have spent a fortune yesterday with all those easypays, but limited myself and ordered this morning instead, some more Systeme Corps, can’t be running out of that!
    Maybe I should throw away my pot pourri too, shame, it smells so nice when you enter a room, but then maybe that’s why I’ve not won the lottery yet lol!
    Annette x

  6. Beth Morton April 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    By the time you read this, I hope you’ve had a restful and relaxing weekend. Your energy is inspiring with all the shifts you do plus the baking, pilates or swimming and your charity work. Wow, super woman! but seriously I do hope you’ve been resting..
    I had a tasty lunch today but seeing all the photos of the delicious food is making me want to eat! The quiche looks delish and I was thinking of doing a sponge cake myself (I rarely bake and Ian is the cook in our house!!) so you’ve inspired me to do some baking this week!
    It sounds like you had fun at the infant school although of course there was a serious side to the day. Good to hear you did a radio interview afterwards to raise awareness of post-polio syndrome as 80% is a very high percentage and I wasn’t aware full-stop I admit.
    How cute is Milo?? I know there’s no photos but the image of him going on a walk and having fun is lovely! Glad he enjoyed it and methinks he’ll have a taste for it now!
    I grew up with Siamese cats and when we’d go away in the caravan, they’d come too! Even though it was a once yearly trip to Cornwall, Mitsey and Sheba would start making lots of noise as we got near to the campsite – long memories or keen sense of smell??!
    Last but definitely not least – good to hear that Poppy is fine and well, Wilfy doesn’t look too impressed with the lack of pot pourri but from my limited knowledge of feng shui, it does make sense to not have it in the house. Oh dear, hopefully he’ll rediscover a love for catnip soon!
    You take care and glad all is well,
    Beth XXX

  7. Diane gilbank April 30, 2014 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi julia, lovely to read your latest post. I have such admiration for all the work you do for polio and your other condition. Didn’t realise there was such a thing as post polio syndrome!
    I’ve had a relapse and ended up in hospital last week but am glad to say my medication has been adjusted to another level to cope with the pain. So am hoping to get it under control by the end of the week. Have to be careful now and take this recovery slowly!! Elsa has been a godsend julia. She has not left my side for the past month really, and it helps so much to be able to stroke her.
    Lovely to read of your cat tales! And can imagine have they have given you all so much pleasure. I laughed at Wilfy missing the pot pourri. It’s funny what they find to play with.elsa loves a ball.
    Pleased to hear your pride in your football team too.
    Missed you on gem day, but look forward to seeing you back on air soon.
    Much love xxx

  8. TINA S. April 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    My previous comment seems to have vanished into the ether so am trying again!
    The pictures of the food you cooked looks really scrumy.As usual I am wondering what to cook as its nearing supper time.
    We went for our usual treat of fish and chips a couple of days ago. The sun was out but it had stayed quite chilly, especially by the coast. I never know what to wear as the weather can change so quickly.
    You reminded me of when I used to have a Siamese cat many years ago. We used to take her out on a lead to. She was more like a dog than a cat. Her name was Sheba and she made a terrible whining noise. I once won a Pet show when I was in Junior school with her.
    We also had a rabbit when I was a little girl and we used to take it for a walk to! Unfortunately my mother gave my rabbit away to the coal man, for his little boy. I was gutted!!!
    Well I think I’ll do a healthy stir-fry to make up for the chips we had the other day.
    Take care, best wishes Tina (South Wales- where it is still quite chilly).

  9. TINA S. May 2, 2014 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,(It’s me again)
    As I read through the other comments reminded me of the extent of my cookery skills. Don’t get me wrong, I am quite a fair cook but tend to take the easier( or lazier) options i.e. I buy frozen roast potatoes! When I was in school our cookery teacher told us to bring in ingredients to make a trifle. The teacher was not impressed when I took a box of a well known trifle mix in!!
    She told me in front of all my class-mates that she had meant for us to take in fruit,jam and stale cake etc. To which I replied most disgruntlied that my mother did not keep stale cake. My friends had a good old laugh but my cookery teacher, did’nt see the funny side.
    Also as part of our home economics class we were told to take a ripped pillowcase to repair. At which my mother again became quite put out stating , of course, that we did’nt have torn bed linen. So she had to cut a perfectly good pillowcase for me to take to school!
    Its funny the things we look back on with such great fondness.
    Well I’m off for my shower as we’re lunching out.
    Best wishes, Tina (South Wales)

  10. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Everyone is fine thanks. Sophie came over yesterday for lunch with her kitten Milo and we took him for a walk again – he is so cute!
    Hope you are well

  11. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    Yes it’s a shame that not much cookery is taught in school these days. I did an ‘o’ level in Food and Nutrition and I still use some of the knowledge I was taught. I don’t use the Bero book with me on the cover, I use a later edition but the recipes are more or less the same.
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Sophie brought Milo over again yesterday and we went for another walk … he really loves it, just like a little puppy. Wilfie and he played quite nicely … most of the time!
    I really enjoy cooking but try not to make cakes too often as I am trying to lose a few pounds and it is a struggle as it is at my age. The soup is lovely … I made a pea and mint soup the other day – made that recipe up too. I’d love to have my own cookery show but I don’t get to do them on QVC very often being a vegetarian.
    As I write this I am on the crest of a wave after my football team’s wonderful recovery to draw 3 – 3 with Liverpool last night. I don’t think we will finish top half now, but it has been a truly amazing last few months under Tony Pulis – so hope he wins Manager of the Year!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi C Clinton (sorry to be so formal but you didn’t give your first name)
    Tony Pulis has done a wonderful job for Crystal Palace although I must also mention Keith Millen who has been a bit of an unsung hero.
    It looks highly unlikely that we will finish above you now unless we absolutely obliterate Fulham but I am just happy to have another season in the Premier League to look forward to.
    Hughes has done ok for you too
    Julia x

  14. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I haven’t won the lottery yet since throwing away my pot pourri!! Maybe treat yourself to some reed diffusers … I have those in a couple of rooms and they have a nice throw of fragrance when you can’t have candles burning.
    Used my Bamix again yesterday to make a lovely lemon and garlic salad dressing.
    I’ll pass on your good wishes to Simon next time I speak to him. Hope your health is improving. Next hospital visit for me is Thursday but just for blood tests this time round.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beth
    The quiche was absolutely gorgeous! I normally do a variation of mushroom, or tomato or walnut and broccoli, but this was totally different … highly recommend trying it.
    So Wilfie has discovered a new toy now that he is getting braver going out in the garden – a tennis ball! Daniel throws it for him and he chases it just like a puppy would .. so cute! He is getting very brave outside now although he hasn’t climbed a tree yet.
    I have had an idea for a charity event for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research later in the year so watch this space as maybe I’ll be able to get the QVC viewers involved.
    Hope your baking went/ goes well
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello Diane
    I am so sorry to hear that you have had a relapse – have you been doing too much? As you say how lucky that you have had Elsa to get you through the worst of it – on days when I am not feeling so good it gives me immense pleasure to cuddle Wilfie. I am going to miss him terribly when Daniel moves out which could be as early as June! – but at least I will still have my beautiful Poppy.
    I had a very busy day yesterday as Sophie and two of her friends and Milo all came over for lunch and then I went to watch Crystal Palace play Liverpool last night …. I paid for all the excitement as I wasn’t feeling too clever this morning … Okay now though.
    Please look after yourself and speak soon
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    Hope you enjoyed your stir fry? Your second post made me laugh with the tale of taking in trifle mix to school to make a trifle. It reminded me of the cookery baskets we all had with the ingredients under our blue and white striped cookery aprons that we had made ourselves in needlework class. I’m not sure I appreciated it at the time but we were very fortunate to be taught skills for everyday life and not just academia … and that was at a grammar school!
    Hasn’t the weather been lovely if a little on the nippy side – the sun always makes me smile.
    Julia x

  18. lizzie May 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just watching you with a fringe!! Love it!! Yes it does make you look younger, think it should stay……….

  19. elizabeth james July 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Just switched my lap-top on and your presenting Kim and Co outlet Thursday 10th July. That necklace your wearing is lovely I would love the details – if its QVC. I have been a viewer since day one and remember you walking on screen with Johnny? -can’t remember the surname. There was Steve who had several Weimaraners. Just seems like yesterday. Thanks for all the lovely presentations you do. Liz James, xx

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