Well, actually I’m a monkey, but that was what Nikky announced during our Butler & Wilson show last night when we were talking about the Chinese New Year. I did mention that the alternative name for the pig in Chinese astrology is the boar but of course you can’t see the spelling when you say it out loud (as she did) so boar could be misinterpreted as bore! It was an amusing interlude in the show which I hope you enjoyed if you watched it despite Simon Wilson being unable to guest – hopefully he will be back for the next shows, in March.
We were talking about the Chinese New Year because it starts today and, for those of you who are interested, it is the year of the Earth Dog. I had a quick look at how monkeys will fare this year and I kind of wish I hadn’t! Apparently, overall, it will be a testing year but, as seemingly we love nothing more than a challenge, it will benefit monkeys and set them on the road to success!! Am I up for the challenge? Well, I guess I’ll have to be. At least one thing is in my favour, decorating your home in grey and yellow will help with changing luck for the better… where’s the yellow paint, or maybe just cushions or flowers!
Speaking of flowers, these were my lovely Valentine flowers from ‘im indoors (pictured below). I like that they included a few red roses but prefer the variety of the mixed bunch rather than the traditional dozen red roses. The sharp-eyed among you might have spotted the vase. It was from one of the Peony TSVs last year and is now my favourite vase whenever I’m treated to real flowers and, when they die off, out come the Peony ones again. I wonder how many of you signed up to the Auto Delivery on yesterday’s TSV – a different bouquet to put in the fishbowl vase for every season of the year. Actually, come to think of it, I have a yellow vase, perhaps I should make more use of that in the Year of the Dog.To dwell on Valentine’s Day for a moment longer, I just had to share the card I bought for Chris – it is perfect!! I love you just the way you are, made me instantly think of the Billy Joel song (how funny that the hero in the short story on my website was called Joel – I only just made the connection) but it was the line at the bottom that really resonated; ‘but don’t get any worse!’ Fortunately, Chris saw the funny side of it too. I’ve also been meaning to share a picture of the little gift he gave me for our 40th anniversary which would actually have made a perfect Valentine present, even in the early stages of a relationship.
So, back to flowers, as that is the theme of the Liz Earle Your Time to Shine TSV on Sunday. As well as the basics: Cleanse & Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic & Skin Repair moisturiser in full sizes, there is also a limited edition 200ml Cleanse & Polish in Grapefruit & Patchouli fragrance and limited edition shampoo and conditioner – those last three won’t be available to purchase elsewhere. The Liz Earle shampoo and conditioner just happens to be my mum’s favourite so this collection will be perfect for her Mother’s Day present, although I may keep the bag for myself! It is already available to order if you can’t wait until Sunday.
I’ve mentioned before I am a huge fan of Instant Boost Skin Tonic, in fact I’ve just ordered another duo along with a duo of the Gentle Face Exfoliator and we’re never without Cleanse & Polish in our house. I wonder what your favourite Liz Earle product is?
I’m actually on the evening shows with Caroline Archer on Sunday, 8pm and 10pm, so hope to see you there. I’m also on in the evening tomorrow for two hours of Diamonique from 9pm.
Well, almost finished, but I did ask you a couple of weeks ago if you would like a monthly recipe from me on here – positive response, and I was also reminded that I had promised to put up the recipe for my Broccoli and Walnut Quiche so here goes:
Broccoli and Walnut Quiche (serves 6)
For the pastry:
- 4oz plain wholemeal flour
- 4oz self-raising flour
- 2oz butter
- 2oz Trex
- 3 tablespoons cold water
For the filling:
- 1 onion
- 4 eggs
- Broccoli (approx. quarter of a head)
- 2oz walnuts
- 4oz cheddar
- Half a teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
- Black pepper (if desired)
1. Rub the fats into the flours until it resembles breadcrumbs then with a knife add the water to combine to form a stiff mixture.
2. Roll out on a floured surface and line an 8 inch flan dish.
3. Bake blind for 10 mins at 180C (I use foil to weight it down rather than greaseproof and beans) then remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes to allow pastry to dry out a bit on the base.
4. Chop and soften the onion in a little oil over a low heat.
5. Chop the broccoli in to small pieces and steam for 5 minutes.
6. Grate the cheese and chop the walnuts quite finely.
7. Beat the eggs with a little skimmed milk, mixed herbs and pepper to taste.
8. To assemble; put half the cheese in the bottom of the quiche, then the onion, broccoli pieces and walnuts topped with the rest of the cheese, then pour over the egg mixture.
9. It will take 25-30 minutes in the middle of the oven.