I discovered a new (for me) TV show over the weekend, man am I in love! The Great British Bake Off truly is marvellous… A perfect way to spend a Friday night. Yes, I am that much of a nerd that I stay in on a Friday night to watch cooking shows. And I love it.
I only managed to watch five episodes of the third season, but it was enough to inspire me to get into a kitchen as soon as possible. Cooking shows really make me miss home. This one in particular made me miss my Gran’s home in England. So many of the competitors on the show spoke of how they learnt to cook and bake under their Granny’s supervision and guidance, and it made me miss my Granny! The fact that the show is hosted on a big field next to a big manor house of some kind also reminds me of the property in the area where my gran lives. I look forward to going back there soon.
Kingston Manor, Harbury
In the meantime, though, I am going to make a plan to get into whichever kitchens that I can, possibly reproducing recipes from the show, or perhaps cooking based on the inspiration from my rekindled addiction to Pintrerest. And then, of course, sharing these recipe on this Blog.
Pecan pie with blueberries and topped with chocolatey goodness
Layers of chocolate and meringue, with chopped nuts and flecks of gold
I need to try and make these heart patterns. I think I know how, just have to give it a go. Take me home to my baking equipment, please!
The Great British Bake Off is hosted by two fairly interesting characters, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and judged by Paul Hollywood, a man with gorgeous blue eyes, and Mary Berry who is just lovely: it’s really nice to see a show with nice and friendly judges – they understand that people have feelings, and that stuff can go wrong in a kitchen. They are very fair. Fair also means that they acknowledge when the food is shocking.
An additional feature that they have in the show, which I thought was quite a nice touch, is the educational snippets about the history of baking. It does provide a nice break away from the tension of the timed baking that seems to cause all the bakers intense stress (3 hours to bake a cake though? Easy game, surely?).
This looks like it’s fun to make, and it looks gorgeous when it comes out as well, those little roses and all
Pretty sure this had a custard layer in it, and custard is just delicious. Topped off with a raspberry jelly and real raspberries, why don’t you just make my life right now?
Possibly my favourite part of the show is the little kitchenette that they each get to work in. They’re the cutest pastel colours, everything looks really chipper. Which brings me to the reason that I actually watch the show: their ovens. One day, I promise, I WILL have an oven like that. The door just disappears (slides) underneath the oven, it’s ingenious and aesthetically pleasing to say the least. I cannot wait to have my own kitchen: it’s going to be filled with the most random things.
I will have an oven like this, I promise you now
At times like this, I really can’t wait to be all growed up with my own kitchen and life and stuff. Then I’ll have to learn how to talk properly too. Until then, #breakingalltherules.