Outside of QVC
Another week has flown by, I don’t know where this year is going do you? I’m already seeing Christmas decorations in the shops and suddenly it’s all hot chocolates and roast dinners. Having said that, we did manage to squeeze in one last BBQ at a friend’s house this weekend which was lovely and also a little outdoor evening entertainment.
Every two years Poole hosts an event called Inside Out Dorset. It usually features some amazing performers from France, this year it was Cirque Rouages. It is so different to anything we have over here. The show was a mix of tightrope skills, dance and beautiful, moving live music telling the stories from the sea. It was all set outside on a wonderful mechanical frame on Poole Quay. We sat in the street on blankets and mats and watched this incredible performance as the sun went down. It was so lovely to do something different and unusual for a change. The kids were fascinated and the best bit, apart from making donations, it was free!
I got to work with one of my favourite fashion guests last week, Ashling McCloy. It can sometimes be months before you get to work with the same person again at QVC, because of the packed schedule that we have so when I get to do the Accessories with Ashling Show I am very happy.
Not just because it’s fun but because I love our accessories range, we have some really fantastic brands like Pia Rossini and Vince Camuto which are perfect for hats and scarfs and then shoe brands like Moda in Pelle for fabulous heels and boots.
Make sure to check them out if you haven’t already. I was wearing one of our newest brands too, Baukjen. My jumper is the Loxley Intarsia Knit Jumper, my trousers the Jemma Contrast Pant and my trainers are the Geox Nhenbus Slip Ons. More on that later.
In Beauty – Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream
I wanted to mention a brand that I haven’t used much before but have read an awful lot about online, mainly because it’s a brand a lot of the beauty bloggers rave about. I’ve seen Caudalie in the fancy beauty boutiques and finally decided to give it a go. Eye creams and serums are the thing I am concentrating on at the moment for my skin. I can no longer ignore these extra steps in my routine, I used to be able to dip in and out but my skin is now telling me it’s a must every day.
So what are my eye issues? Well like everyone, fine lines and wrinkles are embedding themselves. I don’t have a problem with laughter lines, I’ve laughed a lot in my life and that’s nothing to be cross about. However, I can do things to just soften them a little and still have the character that I have earned. My second issue is tired-looking eyes, because quite frankly as a mum of two young children I.AM.TIRED. So the Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream sounded perfect for me as it’s gentle but targets the issues I have. It helps to hydrate and combat the signs of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. Check, check and check. I am actually sitting with it on now having just caught sight of myself in the mirror and reminded me to pop it on. It feels soft around my eyes and they look instantly brighter.
I know I have mentioned Baukjen once already but I have another piece to share with you! I expect there will be more over the coming weeks too as I really like this brand. The founder Baukjen de Swaan Arons is from Amsterdam and raised in London so you get a lovely fusion of both influences to this collection. It’s relaxed and effortless but very stylish. Yes it has a slightly higher price point to some of our other fashion brands but I have come to a stage in my life where I would rather have one piece that lasts me for years than three pieces that I might throw away after a season.
Here I am wearing a classic Safari Shirt called the Ellen. It’s long-sleeved and buttons all the way through and works perfectly untucked with jeans or casual trousers or tucked in to skirts for a smarter look. The question is, are you a top button kind of women or do you prefer yours un-buttoned at the top? The nice thing is you can do both if you want!
The Weekend Kitchen
I can’t believe we are coming to the final week of The Weekend Kitchen already. It’s been so much fun so far and I really hope you have all enjoyed it. Did you see last week’s show? We had the funniest moment which was a classic case of when live TV is not your friend! Dean Edwards showed us his ‘failsafe’ trick of how to separate eggs with a clever little trick. He claims it works EVERY TIME!!!! Well not this show it didn’t, I was crying laughing as the egg yolks just would not play along and it was a complete disaster. If you missed it then click here on my Instagram link to watch it.
This week Marcus Bean is back and he has some gorgeous food to work with. The fun thing for me is that I have been able to experiment with the products too. I am going to need to do some serious exercise after this month is up as I have been indulging way too much. I can’t complain though as it’s been worth every bite!
We see the return of Gower Cottage Brownies. Last time I did a meringue and cream dessert with them but this week I went for it and made a baked cheesecake! I love cheesecake and normally do a raspberry and lemon one but this time I swapped the raspberries for the Gower Cottage Brownies.
I used –
800g Cream Cheese
250g Caster Sugar
Half Lemon, Squeezed
3 Large Eggs + 1 Egg Yolk
200ml Sour Cream
Dash Vanilla Extract or a vanilla pod
3 Tbsp Plain Flour
4 Brownies chopped up
1 Large Packet of Chocolate Digestives (about 150g)
Firstly smash up in a bag or use a food processor to blitz the biscuits. Then melt the butter in a pan. Mix together and press into a cake tin with a removable bottom, or springform cake tin. Pop into the oven for 10 mins at 180C. Remove and leave to cool a little.
Meanwhile beat the cream cheese in a bowl and slowly add the sugar, flour and a pinch of salt. A stand mixer is ideal for this but hand whisk is fine too. Then add the vanilla, lemon juice and the eggs one at a time. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to get all the mixture combined. Add the sour cream and mix again.
Then chop up the brownies to smallish chunks and add two thirds to the mixture. Pour mixture into the pan and then add the remaining brownie to the top, give it a little press until the mixture settles but let some of it stay showing.
Pop into the oven for 10 minutes at 220C and then turn the heat down to 110C and bake for 45 minutes. Once cooled I then added extra brownies to the top for decoration.
Catherine Wheel Toad in the Hole
The next thing I got to have some fun with was the Cumbrian Sausage Company 36 Sausage and Bacon Great Taste Pack. I took some round to our friends for the BBQ that I mentioned earlier and enjoyed them just as they are straight off the grill. They really are quite special, if you are a sausage fan these are really top notch.
However I wanted to do something a bit more fun with them too so I tried my hand at Toad in the Hole. I’m not sure I have ever made this before so it was a bit of a gamble! Thankfully it paid off just about, although I think I need to perfect the Yorkshire pudding part.
I used the Cumberland Sausage to make a Catherine Wheel Toad in the Hole!
For the batter I mixed in a bowl:
120g Plain Flour
275ml milk (semi-skimmed)
3 Large Eggs
Pinch of salt
I left this to sit in the fridge for an hour. I then placed the sausage in my Le Creuset pan and browned it off on the hob with a large slug of vegetable oil. Once browned I removed the sausage, and poured in the batter. I put the sausage back in and then sprinkled with fresh rosemary and popped it into a pre heated oven (220C) for 25 minutes. Do not be tempted to open the oven or the batter will flop! When it came out I drizzled some caramelised onion chutney over the sausage. I am really happy with how it turned out for a first try and it was so tasty.
I can’t wait to see what Marcus does with everything this week, as he is also a teacher in his cookery school, he really does give us some great tips in the kitchen. So make sure you tune in this Saturday at 12pm.
Last week’s recipes
If you missed last week’s show here’s one of the ‘stars’ of the show from Dean’s Recipes. It’s the Pizza Star which was a lot of fun to make and I will definitely be doing this one with my kids.
That’s it from me this week but one last thing to tell you is that the MarlaWynne Today’s Special Value is coming to you tomorrow (Friday) here at QVC. It’s a Rib Detail V-Neck Jumper and as always a great selection of colours – Oatmeal Heather, Scarlet Red, Navy, Caramel, Blush and Butterscotch. Tune in at midnight and throughout the day to see the full presentation and the fantastic price too!
Lots of Love Katy