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Great British Goodness!

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Great British Goodness!

How much did you all love the BBC’s Great British Bake off this year!?!?

I love baking! I’m very lucky to have been taught how to bake when I was little by my Mum! One of my fondest memories is making a crumble for my dad all by myself for Sunday dinner pudding! Weirdly I can remember the crumble recipe off by heart but my postcode goes out of my head instantly! So when this program started last year I was instantly hooked!

It’s so refreshing to watch a talent, reality show with no sob stories, no wannabes, no bitchiness just people who love to bake at home for their friends!

For anyone who hasn’t watched this (is there anyone left?) Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood make a fierce but very fair judging duo who show how extremely talented they are in their own fields of baking. Dropping hints and tips all over the place to the contestants, strict standards and coining phrases like “good bake” and “soggy bottom”  they where the cutest judging couple on TV.

Every week the competition sees the bakers undertake a new baking style and tackle three challenges: their signature dish; a technical bake, in which they are given one of Paul or Mary’s recipes with incomplete instructions; and the ‘showstopper challenge’ where they must impress judges with their creativity and technical talent. For me the technical challenge is genius as it levels the field and as its judged blind means it’s just about the bake not the bakers!

And Mel and Sue where for me the cherry on top of the cake (teehee).

I couldn’t express it better than the guardian when Vicky Frost wrote…

Mel and Sue, who paint themselves as highly-trained cake Hoovers rather than interrogative presenters. They have been a joy this series – I particularly enjoyed Mel’s reference to Mary Berry being dressed “as a cowgirl” and Sue’s rallying call of “team oestrogen!”, thus bringing the contestants out of themselves and reinforcing the supportive, funny and warm ethos that has made Bake Off such essential viewing.

I want their job!

They had a great selection of contestants but I was instantly loving Mary-Anne! As a ex international rugby player (not going to hold that fact that it was for Wales against her) and with over 700 recipe books she was always the most creative and experimental of all the contestants!

I’m desperate to try out her Ploughman’s Loaf recipe I found on her blog here

In the end the winner was well deserved… you can watch the final on iPlayer here. I really hope that good things come for these passionate people!

There is already talk about how this show has gotten Britain back into baking and a new cooking book

I love how they have shamelessly put Rob Billington on the cover!!!

Can I just mention the set as well!? I’ve never wanted to cook in a tent before in my life!!!

Just want it all…

Can’t wait till next season! If any of you fancy yourself a trophy too you can enter for next years here

A Vintage Tea Party

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I had a rather lovely parcel waiting for me at work this morning!

I discovered my amazing mum had bought me this…The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adorre!

I can’t get over how beautiful this book is! Normally as a graphic designer I get blown away by a fab cover only to discover that the insides have been badly laid out and the type hurts my eyes but this is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside!

Essentially it is a recipe book but with hints and tips on how to make you in to a vintage hostess with the mostess! Pages on how to tie the perfect head scarf, make vintage flags, paint tea pots, set victory curls and loads more to help make a traditional recipe book into a bit of a lifestyle bible!  Written by Angle Adorre, of the Vintage Patisserie, its full of beautiful illustrations, yummy food and drink and photos of Angel and her friends…

You’ve got to love a book with; Macaroons, Make-up, Male grooming, Mango and mint ice cubes for Bellinis, Marie Antoinette and Marigolds listed in its glossary!!!

By the sounds of things the launch party was amazing! Gonna be getting a wiggle on and head over to the Vintage Patisserie … right after I’ve planned my own tea party!

Love you Mum!

Oh and I’ve just seen that Tesco is offering one lucky person the opportunity to win a tea party for you and 12 friends here. On the other hand no don’t enter it I want this!