Category Archives: GBBO

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Bakewell Chelsea Buns – my Christmas present to you

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I make no bones about the shortness of this. I had such grand designs for sorting this post out , but just like the programme, my vision hasn’t been matched by the hard currency of time, which I lack. This … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Lebkuchen…and my letter to Santa

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Dear Santa, It has been a quite a while since I last wrote – about 40 years to be exact, but hey, it’s the thought that counts. Except when it comes to presents, and then they should be just what … Continue reading

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Why bother making Christmas Cake?

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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. (LP Hartley, The Go-Between) Well actually I’d like to challenge that. And I’m going to raise the stakes with an argument for home made Christmas cake. Ian Jack  reviewed the … Continue reading

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Bake Off Confidential – bittersweet adventures in a TV show

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Don’t get me wrong: I gained a huge amount from the Bake Off experience and I cook every day I’m at home and still love to bake. I’m not going to give you a blow by blow account of how … Continue reading

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If the GBBO Final were the Tour de France…

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So there you have it, the game has come to a close. It was John, in the tent with a hairdryer that did it. But what did he ‘do’? Inevitably there has been considerable debate regarding the choice and whether he … Continue reading

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Hype and Design Prior to the GBBO Final

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Two of the first post war iconic designs for small cars, the bubble car and Mini could not have had more different origins: the bubble car was created in peacetime by Messerschmidt and Heinkel as a way of using up … Continue reading

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Tears of despair before the GBBO semi final – tears of relief after.

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“Isfahan is half the world” it was said about the city when Shah ‘Abbas the most famous of the Safavid kings ruled Iran. At the same time as the Tudors ruled England and looked to new worlds for wealth and … Continue reading