Friends, family and tasty tucker!


Well hello, my lovelies! Another week has flown by again in the blink of an eye. I hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday weekend. I spent most of mine at QVC, my home from home, which was great. I kind of had my ‘weekend’ last week as I was off on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. My best boy friend, Steven, came to stay at Chez Huntley until Saturday and it was just the tonic for both of us! I say best boy friend as I have a best girl friend, too. Lovely Mandy whom many of you have read about on here in the past.

It had been a while since our last catch-up so you can imagine the excitement at getting to spend a few days together. My son, Tom, also gets on very well with Steven and his family so it was great for all three of us to spend time watching movies, playing games and cooking together. By the way, for the first time in my life I won at Trivial Pursuit! Not that I like to brag but… well, ok, just going to bask in the glory of winning against the boys for a little longer!


On one of the nights we each agreed we’d make a course for dinner. I’m vegan, my son is pescatarian and Steven is neither. He eats everything but was more than happy to prepare a nice vegan meal together. My son made roasted asparagus with sticky lemon, garlic and balsamic glaze to start. Oh my goodness, so simple but so divine.

Steven cooked us a beautiful faux chicken tikka curry (pictured above). I call it ‘ficken curry’… but I do so carefully, ha ha! Wow! It was such a tasty dish. He’s done it with chicken before so I simply got some faux chicken pieces from the supermarket which really worked well. They’re from Viva Vivera and are soya based. He cooked the dish on low for several hours and the flavours were amazing!

I took care of pudding. I found a really easy recipe for a blueberry cake which I mixed up in my lovely KitchenAid mixer and I made some of my easy, almost instant, ice cream with just frozen bananas and pineapple. Just chucked them in the Vitamix with a little water and it was a delicious, homemade, no added anything at all accompaniment to the cake. The hot and cold worked really well together.

Steven was really surprised at how great the vegan food we ate during his visit was and has even said that he is going to substitute some of his meals with meat alternatives. It has come a long way in recent years. He particularly liked this ‘feak’ or fake steak, also from Viva Vivera. No, I’m not sponsored by them, ha ha. I just know I’ll get questions so thought I’d say now. Hmm, maybe I should ask QVC if we can get them on board! Doesn’t it look yum? I sautéed some chestnut mushrooms, red onion and garlic and made a mustard mash to go with it.

Ok, so with all those calories on board I insisted we should go for a couple of walks. Steven reluctantly agreed to, hee hee. I just LOVE my Fitbit and seeing all the calories burned and steps taken. Maybe you got the one we had on Sunday? It’s brilliant. You can check out our Fitbit range here.

Another outstanding bit of smart tech is from Google. It’s the Home Hub Smart Speaker coming up on the 1st of June. It’s pretty cool in that it acts like a personal assistant. It’s voice activated and has a 7 inch touchscreen so it’s a bit like having a tablet which is also a speaker, hands-free helper and much more besides!

One aspect which I really like is that you can get YouTube videos to play through it so if you’re looking for great recipes whilst you’re in the kitchen you can just call up instructional videos and whip up something nice and healthy… or naughty, up to you! I also like pulling up workout vids. There are loads of yoga clips or even Bodyblade tutorials on there so it would suit me down to the ground! Great little innovation.

Finally, I must tell you about the latest Mally Today’s Special Value offer which is coming up on Friday, it’s cray cray as Mally would say! Crazy value and an outstanding collection. It contains all you need for a perfect glowing complexion from concealer to gloss. If you love her perfect prep primer then get ready for the brand new glowing formula in this set. There’s also a new Shadow Stick and a really exciting launch of her ‘open up’ lash defining mascara.

Mally works with some of the world’s biggest music icons as well as other TV legends. Her make-up is about high performance, stay-put perfection. I’m not allowed to reveal the price yet but I know what it is… WOW! What an absolute steal this going to be! I’m thrilled to be with the gorgeous lady herself at 4pm and 7pm on Friday so I hope you can join us for giggles, great demos and Mally’s spectacular offers.

Thanks for reading, keep well and happy and I’ll see you on the box soon!

Love Catherine x



  1. Steven May 29, 2019 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic blog as always and yes I loved all the meat substitutes I had and will definitely put them into my diet

    Love you and thank you for being the perfect hostess xx

  2. Irene Delamere May 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    What a fab blog so glad you spent some time with Steven the food looks yummy you shd bring out a vegan cook book go on I dare you x

  3. Sara May 30, 2019 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Not only are you helping the animals and the environment, you seem to be benefiting yourself by being vegan too ☺️ You look even better each time I see you! I love that QVC have a presenter who is such a great vegan advocate ❤️ 🐷🐮🐔🐟

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