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Debbie Flint

Funny Gracie dog and fab food in Devon
31 May 2017

Frankenstein Food – according to Wendy

We were talking about food combining of a different kind this week during the latest writing retreat.

Wendy, who is my co-host at my writing retreat in Devon, thinks mustard is evil. Whereas I will not only have mustard with most meals, I’ll also add sauerkraut and the odd gherkin. And sometimes they are VERY odd indeed…! One of the reasons is to do with gut bacteria of course – which I’ve been raving about since 2015, glad it’s getting ‘out there’ nowadays including on Michael Mosley’s BBC show. Anyway, so we were discussing my unusual preferences for what I put on my plate and then in my mouth at the same time. Then our own experiences of unusual food habits… If mine’s mashed potato sandwiches, (inspired by my old dad who would also always have bread and jam after nearly every meal, god rest him,) what’s yours? We chatted with QVC fans and facebook pals who were at Retreats for You this week, during a delicious dinner Wendy cooked.

Wendy said she will only do traditional combinations – lamb and mint, beef and horseradish etc. But that farmers round here have been known to be partial to sugar sarnies. Then Cheese n jam sarnies came up. Rosa who is Italian said she can’t understand lasagne with chips as it’s like having jacket spuds with rice. Anne's hubby cant do hot food with cold, eg hot quiche with cold salad. And Sarahs dad was a war child n used to add vinegar to his mash. But Tartare sauce and mashed potato sounded lovely! Think I’m just having a mash thing atm!

Finally we hit upon a typical debate down here in the West Country – which way round to do your scones - jam on cream is devonshire way: Cornish is jam first, cream second - without or with butter!! Which is yours?

QVC BLOG – ultrasun tsv order now - Go to the QVC blog late Friday pm (via qvc tab above) to see my Early Bird order link to the Ultrasun Today’s Special Value deal, launching on Sunday on air, on QVC – the 3pc collection for under £40.

Vlog by the river Here’s one of this week’s most watched video blogs – vlogs – from my week in Devon. Anne, Elaine and Rosa joined me, along with writer Wendy Ashley. It was a lovely walk and we had some banter along the way. By the time you read this I will have done the thing I’m dreading which is mentioned at the end!... (and if you saw it, hope it was intelligible!) click here to watch it! (and don’t forget to ‘like’ the Facebook page here, to see the updates in future – NB you don’t have to be on Facebook to watch these vlogs.)

Book of the Week is by the excellent author Jane Lovering – Choc Lit pal and a very original writer – go here to read ‘Star Struck’ as my book of the week – about a girl recovering from an accident and the mysterious memories triggered by meeting her TV hero and a smouldering writer…

ps Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It’s 26th June and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

And still time to decide on which songs I should sing in September, at the event happening in Devon – can you come? It’s in Torrington at the Plough, and will feature classics like ‘What a difference a Day Makes’ and ‘That Ole Devil Love’– more here if you’d like to choose from the list of songs – which is your favourite?


That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 5200 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone.


Ps check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! More about how to get your copy is here.


Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

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