Great British Bake Off Series 3

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Slainte Tue 07-Aug-12 23:42:01

I'm so excited, the new series starts next week grin. Link

AnneOfCleavers Tue 07-Aug-12 23:44:49

I cannot wait grin

FloydieDoydie Wed 08-Aug-12 21:58:48

Hurrah! Cakes a-go-go grin

joanofarchitrave Wed 08-Aug-12 22:01:25

What a relief - I'm going to be bereft without the Olympics - until Tuesday smile

Kellamity Wed 08-Aug-12 22:02:10

Oh thank goodness, I saw the title and thought maybe I'd missed the start!! grin

LordOfThe5Rings Thu 09-Aug-12 00:04:55

Yay loves it;)

drtachyon Thu 09-Aug-12 21:24:37


(jumps up and down with glee)

SDTGisAnOlympicWolefGenius Thu 09-Aug-12 21:27:46

Hooray! I didn't get into the first series, but loved the second one.

EmpireBiscuit Thu 09-Aug-12 21:41:20

I just set up the sky plus for this - baking and Paul Hollywood! Mmmm mmmm.

Grockle Fri 10-Aug-12 18:16:11

Hooray. Just set series link. I love the bake-off recipe book - it's now officially my favourite baking bok and the one I go to first when I want to make something new.

Lottapianos Fri 10-Aug-12 18:20:55

Yay, love it! EmpireBiscuit, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that Paul Hollywood is a bit phwoar. I reckon my DP will look like him in about 10 years time - he's a strapping lad too who has a v similar hairstyle and a goatee, when he goes grey he will be the spitting image I reckon. Lucky me wink He doesn't bake any cakes though - you can't have everything I guess smile

TreesDogsBooks Fri 10-Aug-12 21:28:47

Noooooooooooooo! Best news I've heard all week grin

boohoohooshouldhavewongold Fri 10-Aug-12 21:40:07

Yay, fantastic! Can't wait grin

GWenlockMaryLacey Fri 10-Aug-12 21:42:50

Can't wait! like to look at the kitchenaids

Allice Fri 10-Aug-12 21:57:54

So excited about this started, mainly so I can ogle Paul Hollywood!

Checking in. Favourite programme of the year.

MrsChemist Fri 10-Aug-12 22:03:58

Yay! Ridiculously excited! grin

tunnocksteacake Fri 10-Aug-12 22:07:04

Brilliant! I want to be like Mary Berry when I grow up

Slainte Sat 11-Aug-12 11:04:30

I've baked cakes today and yesterday in celebration, that's my excuse anyway smile

I was with you til you started slavering over salty dog Paul Hollywood. Bleugh!

Have you seen how much salt he puts in recipes? I got a magazine with stuff by him and it was tablespoon! Must taste disgusting.

Mary Berry is lovely, though.

MrsChemist Sat 11-Aug-12 13:17:46

He does insist on a lot of salt in things. If I wet to do the bake-off, I'd put extra salt in all the savoury dishes, just to keep him happy.

MrsChemist Sat 11-Aug-12 13:18:47

Have any MNers ever applied, do you think? My friends said I should, but I think they are over estimating my baking skills.

seabuckthorn Sat 11-Aug-12 13:19:13

Hurray hurray! Can't wait


I really do hope that wasn't a Freudian slip.

I cannot wait. Havent bought the book yet though.

Last years winner Jo has a book out now too. Sainsburys had it beside the series book. I think both will have to be purchased.

Its my birthday next week grin

DuffyMoon Sat 11-Aug-12 13:46:30

how spooky, was only thinking yesterday when will there be another mumsnetter cookery programme watch-along ! excellent. Can we bitch on bake off - the contestants do tend to be a little naicer than ones on masterchef...

NettOlympicSuperstar Sat 11-Aug-12 14:08:27

I love this programme, and have the book from the last series. I did sort of try a recipe, but not really here
I'm a terrible baker, and don't have a sweet tooth but I love to watch people who can bake.
Also I had a crush on Rob

TheCunningStunt Sat 11-Aug-12 14:17:04

Hurrah!!! I need new baking inspiration

ppeatfruit Sun 12-Aug-12 12:40:42

Oooh Fantastic!! I LOVE this programme so much nicer and more fun than those masterchef type competitions they put me off. I sort of fancy Paul Hollywood (I like his eyes) agree about his taste buds though; salty dog is a brilliant nick name for him!!! Though as one poster has said it might affect his judging of the taste of something .

NoillyPrat Mon 13-Aug-12 12:11:55

Me and DH love this programme! I have the book and then ordered a couple of Mary Berry books too. Okay and then more besides that as well!

I have 'liked' Jo's and Holly's FB pages, I love seeing what they bake now not a stalker, promise. Okay I love looking at Jo's kitchen photos as well as the yummy cakes

Can't wait 'til tomorrow now grin

Idontknowhowtohelpher Tue 14-Aug-12 06:44:59


ppeatfruit Tue 14-Aug-12 07:58:59


herethereeverywhere Tue 14-Aug-12 08:01:20

I woke up this morning so excited that this is on tonight! [need to get a life emoticon] grin

me too ! grin

I really hope you're the real Mary Ann! grin

So looking forward to this (life?! Why would we want one of them?). I shall have to watch it later cos DH (damn him) is not home tonight, but I may sneak onto this thread to get the gist.

debka Tue 14-Aug-12 14:03:27

Oo I'm excited too- got weigh in first tonight though, then home to salivate over cakes I'm not allowed to eat hmm

I am SO looking forward to tonight! It is such a great show. I always feel I have learnt so much in a quiet gentle way.

The Kids Bake Off really inspired my boys - so much so that the 10 year old now does a baking club at the local High School, and made iced lemon biscuits for his teachers and classmates at the end of term. I had been baking with them both since they were litle, but it was the amazing Freya who inspired them most!

DH also loves it, and can barely BUY a cake never mind make one!

WingDefence Tue 14-Aug-12 14:18:05

Noilly I have also liked Jo and Holly on Facebook, and love Ruth Clemens's website (2nd in the first series - she woz robbed).

I've got a few friends coming over to watch it at mine tonight. But I don't have time to do any baking beforehand angry

not last year's Mary Ann I'm afraid (though she is on twitter and seems a lovely person ((because she acknowledged my tweets !!))

Ah, I'm disappointed! wink

She was lovely, wasn't she? I really wanted to eat what she made, which wasn't the case for all of them.

ppeatfruit Tue 14-Aug-12 14:41:49

Wingdefence Thanks for the link very interesting indeed (and a bit mputh watery to say the least !)

ppeatfruit Tue 14-Aug-12 14:42:20

I meant mouth of course!!

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 14:45:22

Very excited, and blatantly marking my place
MaryAnn, I remember you saying that GBBO Mary Ann had replied to your tweet - was it on last year's GBBO thread? I was pleased for you, but slightly disappointed as it meant that you and she were not the same.
Hmm, unless it was a cunning double-bluff?! smile

ha ! she is a MNetter because I asked her but hadn't been on for a long time - I told her how much she was liked on last year's thread grin

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 15:01:09

We said lovely things about her didn't we? It was unanimous.
Waves at both MaryAnns.
Hopes sincerely that the GBBO Mary Ann is back and will name-change and out herself just for the thread (it's ok, she can change back at other times to maintain her anonymity). She could be our pundit, our Claire Balding of Baking?

grin @ the Clare Balding of baking !!
A friend of mine is related to Mary Berry - her mum is MB's cousin.....

WingDefence Tue 14-Aug-12 15:19:11

Here are a few more links smile

The Series 3 Contestants

Jo's Facebook page

Holly's Facebook page - she has a great blogs and recipes that she links to and released a free e-book last month which is great smile

Mary-Anne's blog

I did also follow Jae's blog for a while but I can't remember what it was now.

cocolepew Tue 14-Aug-12 16:13:06

I hate baking, I hate cookery programmes but I absolutely love this confused. I have no idea why, it's just so...^nice^.

Though I gave to say last years contestants weren't up to much, my gran could have beaten them hands down.

VikingVagine Tue 14-Aug-12 18:51:02

I'm ridiculously happy that it's back!

I can't stand Paul or Mary (but love Sue and Mel) but that adds to the appeal.

WingDefence Tue 14-Aug-12 19:39:12

Twenty minutes to go! grin biscuit biscuit biscuit

forcookssake Tue 14-Aug-12 19:46:25

Gosh I'm SO excited - it's been a good few days for baking, as I recently picked my shiny red KitchenAid mixer and now GBBO is about to start. Wahey!
I bought the book at the end of last series and it's really good isn't it? Mary Berry knows her stuff. And oh, yes, I have the biggest girl-crush on Sue Perkins.
It's a great night to own a television grin

VikingVagine Tue 14-Aug-12 19:58:00


Sparklingbrook Tue 14-Aug-12 20:00:55

Hello. Can I join? I love this although I can't/don't bake.

VikingVagine Tue 14-Aug-12 20:03:02

<waves at sparkling >

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:03:25

Woo-hoo! Hello all.
I missed where they said they are, they've gone west to... where?

Can I join? I love this show smile

VikingVagine Tue 14-Aug-12 20:04:18

<tucks into own pear and chocolate upside down cake>


VikingVagine Tue 14-Aug-12 20:05:06

Ooh she's got to be on MN!

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:06:28

<sneaks in>

Sparklingbrook Tue 14-Aug-12 20:06:29

Kumqat? Pollenta? Oooh posh.

<waves at viking>

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:06:52

Ol' Salty Dog is a bit more salt than pepper (than last series). I still likey.

Sparklingbrook Tue 14-Aug-12 20:08:11

Where's the pineapple one?

rhetorician Tue 14-Aug-12 20:08:34


Sparklingbrook Tue 14-Aug-12 20:08:47

Tomato? <vomit>

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:09:36

James = this year's Ed Kimber

Sparklingbrook Tue 14-Aug-12 20:09:55

Blimey, everyone thinks they are bloody Heston Blumenthal.

kilmuir Tue 14-Aug-12 20:10:17

savoury upside down pudding. What would my home economics teacher say???

Sparklingbrook Tue 14-Aug-12 20:11:01

Oh no he forgot the Tomato Jam. Doh!

Aboutlastnight Tue 14-Aug-12 20:11:49

Ooooh church cake is the best!

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:12:14

Bet Sarah-jane is on here too.
Reveal yourselves, GBBakersOff

forcookssake Tue 14-Aug-12 20:12:24

I feel strongly about making a savoury upside down cake angry and think certain chaps are keen to prove how mad crazy quirky they are. Hmmmmm.... they could be delicious. Right?

DuffyMoon Tue 14-Aug-12 20:15:47


forgot it was on angry have I missed owt...anyone annoying ?

Aboutlastnight Tue 14-Aug-12 20:15:56

The hazelnut thing looks divine

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:16:55

One not so popular option in th ekumquat then?

kilmuir Tue 14-Aug-12 20:17:03

I would need custard

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:17:46

No one annoying yet, Duffy

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:18:27

Pineapple and passionfruit looks stunning

Aboutlastnight Tue 14-Aug-12 20:19:28

Tomato thing is yuck

NettOlympicSuperstar Tue 14-Aug-12 20:19:50

I'd love to try the tomato one as I don't have a sweet tooth.

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:20:03

very brave. oh dear.

Smellslikecatspee Tue 14-Aug-12 20:22:29

I nearly forgot this was on. Have the book already, tried one of them last week and it was a mess (a yummy mess, but not anything like the pic) so waiting to see what I done wrong. .

forcookssake Tue 14-Aug-12 20:24:47

The pretty elfin brunette reminds me so much of Lexi from Grey's Anatomy.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:24:52

I wish they'd share what exactly are the 'basic instructions' the GBBO-ers receive, so that we can try to imagine what we'd do.

Lol at "it's a real fillip"! How posh is she?

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:26:27

Right. Natasha must be on MN also. Come to us Tash.

Loving it!!

forcookssake Tue 14-Aug-12 20:28:16

YY HazeltheMcWitch I wish we could see the sheets they're given!
This would generate either sympathy or rampant criticism grin

coffeeinbed Tue 14-Aug-12 20:29:17

A bain-marie?
to bake a baba. confused

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:29:29

I have a fear of yeast based baking.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:29:30

Dr Lady had one of the GBBO books in pride of place there...

The midwife is lovely smile

forcookssake Tue 14-Aug-12 20:32:18

Gosh. This IS a hard first technical challenge confused

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:32:31

salt instead of sugar is a pretty critical mistake.

rhetorician Tue 14-Aug-12 20:32:37

lots of camp men, no butch ladies...

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:33:36

Pity we can't do a MN bake off.

Could you imagine the chaos?

coffeeinbed Tue 14-Aug-12 20:33:42

He's good.
The sweater guy, soaking them upside own.
Got in late, missed the name!

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 14-Aug-12 20:34:51

Sweater guy = James from Shetland

rhetorician Tue 14-Aug-12 20:35:44

secretnutella surely it is not beyond the powers of MN Towers to organize a simultaneous web-bake? We'd have to think of a way of judging though?

coffeeinbed Tue 14-Aug-12 20:35:52


OllieinOrange Tue 14-Aug-12 20:36:48

Where are they filming it this year?
Will miss the well endowed squirrel. smile

coffeeinbed Tue 14-Aug-12 20:37:23


SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:37:51

filming in somerset

VikingVagine Tue 14-Aug-12 20:40:08

Huh, I recognise Victoria.

OllieinOrange Tue 14-Aug-12 20:41:10

Blimey. Hard challenges so far!

rhetorician Tue 14-Aug-12 20:41:19

if any of you are on twitter, follow sue perkins and then you can follow all the bakers...(ps twitter is worth is for Sue's tweets alone. When can we get her to do web chat?)

SlubberInAWrestlersLeotard Tue 14-Aug-12 20:41:44

There has been a MN bake off, were several in fact.

I still have my rosette.

rhetorician Tue 14-Aug-12 20:43:48

I am just not up to speed...sorry

bisjolympics Tue 14-Aug-12 20:43:50

Filmed at Harptree Court

SecretNutellaMedallist Tue 14-Aug-12 20:44:14

Union jack cake?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 14-Aug-12 20:46:13

DP has just informed me that there is a GBBO iphone app...

kilmuir Tue 14-Aug-12 20:46:23

they are quite imaginative with final cakes

Aboutlastnight Tue 14-Aug-12 20:52:53

Christ I'm hungry

kilmuir Tue 14-Aug-12 20:53:06

there is an iphone app but no ipad. shame

kilmuir Tue 14-Aug-12 20:53:47

i am ressting going to the kitchen.
wonder what they do with all the cakes when they stop filming

kilmuir Tue 14-Aug-12 20:55:02

ooo poor Natasha

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 14-Aug-12 20:55:35

Loved the blackbirds in the pie...

Aboutlastnight Tue 14-Aug-12 20:55:44

Imagine being the crew on this..what a job, all that leftover cake.

I wish DP would stop calling Natasha Shrek.

That posh woman reminds me a lot of Alan partridge somehow.

ppeatfruit Tue 14-Aug-12 21:44:25

ohh I LIKED natasha I reckon she mixed up the rum babas with beigels 'cos they're in the same shape tins sad; that P.E. teacher who was so cocky 'I'm going to win this" FGS with his daffy tomato cake should have gone. HE HE He did you see Paul saltydog enjoy the EXTRA salt that sweater boy put on his tin instead of sugar? grin

WingDefence Tue 14-Aug-12 21:54:22

Did anyone notice the shot where Mel looked like she had bunny ears? I think it was when they were about to start the rum baba challenge... grin

I too hated the idea of the tomato cake (and it looked dreadful). Loved the vicar's wife, the motorway services girl and the good Union Jack man.

And Sue's jokes!

VikingVagine Tue 14-Aug-12 22:05:00

Hmm, tomato cake, why not? I make wicked beetroot and chocolate cake, and reasonable courgette cake, I don't see why tomato couldn't work...

bagels next week and that might be chollah,the plaited thing- I adore that...
I really liked the midwife.

AnneOfCleavers Tue 14-Aug-12 22:22:04

I really didn't like the look of that tomato cake but I'm not much of a tomato fan.

I am excited to see them make bagels next week! I make them from time to time.

outtolunchagain Tue 14-Aug-12 22:25:13

Good Union Jack man was really smug ,and poor Cathryn looks so worried all the time .Liked the vicars wife and ds is rooting for Ryan .We didn't see all the cakes at the end.What was the lady consultant's cake like or Brendans

BigHairyFlowers Wed 15-Aug-12 00:19:22

James is my favourite so far, he is aDORable grin

Also, Victoria and Sarah Jane

It is probably quite alarming just how excited I am by the GBBO, Tuesdays are now my favourite day again!

Are you watching late too, big?

I'm watching now ... they've just started the babas.

I do like Brendan. Bless him.

BigHairyFlowers Wed 15-Aug-12 00:32:29

No, I watched it earlier, I just got here late!

Oh ... I was hoping a bit!

It's good though, just seen Paul Hollywood utter the words I never thought he would, 'too much salt'!

I love the posh lady, too.

VikingVagine Wed 15-Aug-12 07:30:44

Catherine reminds me of last year's Holly. I still can't place where I know Victoria from and it's annoying me!

Catherine- very pretty but nervy,though that might be a cover. I like James and Victoria and Brendan.

FeeFiFoBum Wed 15-Aug-12 07:57:35

I don't think I can bear Catherine to stay in, she looks like she's going to wet herself in fear all the time and when the judges came over to talk to her I thought she might actually faint! It's too tense watching her!

I like the older cello playing chap, the young guy who soaked his rumbabas back in the tin and the super posh lady is jolly nice too. Actually no-one too annoying, I liked the lady who went but she did make a right mess of it all <sympathetic smile>
I must learn their names grin

JulesJules Wed 15-Aug-12 09:52:18

Loved it. Gutted about Natasha going, the DDs and I outraged that boiling your babas was worse than mistaking salt for sugar, fgs.

Mel and Sue on top form, we also enjoyed Mel's 'bunny ears' moment.

ppeatfruit Wed 15-Aug-12 11:13:40

Hear Hear julesJules grin I don't like that P.E. teacher hmm

hiviolet Wed 15-Aug-12 12:40:37

Outtolunchagain, you're right, we didn't see all of the shopstopper cakes! I didn't realise at the time (too many contestants to keep track of) but that's ridiculous!

Agree that Catherine seems to be this year's Holly (i.e. rather unlikeable, dare I say it). I'm always suspicious of a baker who looks way to thin to actually eat any of their creations.

hiviolet Wed 15-Aug-12 12:41:18

*too thin, I mean /pedant

dylsmimi Wed 15-Aug-12 12:55:39

we are having a discussion in the office about last nights show and talking about the showstopper cakes but can't remember which one Brendan (older man) made?
can anyone help?

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 15-Aug-12 13:13:23

I love Mel and Sue!

Loved the softly spoken Irish guy who's 'fond of Gloria Gaynor'. That's not a euphemism. grin.

Also rather like blackbird-pie lady, although she's a bit jolly-hockey-sticks, but have to confess I didn't like/get her blackbird cake, not the inside bit anyway; didn't look like much to me.

Felt v sorry for the woman who was booted out --although she was a bit rubbish--; she seemed so warm and nice. Her final cake may have been raw, but it looked beautiful on the outside with all those roses.

Guy who made the good Union flag cake is weirdly intense and I suspect him of harbouring deep reserves of scary anger. Kind of person who turns up in the news because they've found someone's remains in a binbag in his shed.

Young woman with the bob (I can't remember anyone's names) is too tense to watch. Annoying big-eyed 'Gosh, you like it? Really' type.

Young Scottish bloke is sweet but needs a shirt/T-shirt under his V-neck jumpers.

Loved the sound of that kumquat polenta cake.

rhetorician Wed 15-Aug-12 13:42:33

I like Ryan; he is a sweetheart, and made pretty good cakes as well

ppeatfruit Wed 15-Aug-12 14:04:29

Yes I agree about about Mel and Sue lady I didn't like the good union jack cake maker either and I've a horrible suspicion he's likely to win! I'm not sure about the immediate difficulty of the cake making it seems kinder to work up to the complicated ones IYSWIM. I hate all that 'This is going to be so hard yr eyes will drop out" sort of masterchef thing.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 15-Aug-12 14:07:20

You might be right about creepy shed man, ppeatfruit. Although I think the blackbird-pie woman has a v good chance as well.

Sorry. I mean Victoria (have looked them all up!).

Danny might be a dark horse.

I want Mel and Sue to do a new series of Light Lunch/Late Lunch/whatever? (Afternoon Tea?). I used to love it. [lives in the 90s emoticon]

AnneOfCleavers Wed 15-Aug-12 14:09:54

Maybe this will help everyone remember names

I really liked Sarah-Jane, she seemed so nice. I like Cathryn - she reminds me of what I'm like when I'm baking for other people, especially my mum.

ppeatfruit Wed 15-Aug-12 14:21:24

Thanks for the link AnneofCleavers helpful but there's too many of them ATM grin IMO the women all seemed nice. Not one really dishy guy though grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 15-Aug-12 14:28:02

Is John intended to be this series' Rob?

I agree, there are so many it all went by in a flash. We didn't really get to see them in action enough to form opinions on them apart from my kneejerk ones.

I suppose as they get whittled down we'll see more of them as individuals.

ppeatfruit Wed 15-Aug-12 14:33:42

There's not one bloke to equal Rob; that Stuart P.E. teacher was so far up himself and failed spectacularly (serve him right) grin he should've gone!

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 15-Aug-12 14:41:08

He did rather love himself, didn't he?

Not that I was that keen on Rob either, TBH.

Out of the lot of them, I want to go for cocktails with Brendan, and a long walk on a cold beach with James. He can rustle up hot chocolate and home-baked buns afterwards, to, if he likes. [magnanimous]

ppeatfruit Wed 15-Aug-12 14:57:40

James is a little boy (old gimmer emoticom)grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 15-Aug-12 15:00:57

I'm only asking for a walk and some scran afterwards!

ppeatfruit Wed 15-Aug-12 17:33:56

'scran' that's a new word for me what's it mean lady?

ppeatfruit Wed 15-Aug-12 17:40:24

btw i'm not being judgey for all I know you're a little girl grin

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 15-Aug-12 17:46:52

Scran? Not sure I can post its meaning on a site meant for mothers.

It means food.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 15-Aug-12 17:48:02

There was meant to be more empty space between those lines?
Well, that's my dramatic pause ruined, isn't it? wink

WingDefence Wed 15-Aug-12 20:21:41

Has anyone else read this fantastic Behind The Scenes article? I don't know which episode they were reviewing but they mention a couple of the contestants.

Here you go!

CleanHankie Wed 15-Aug-12 20:56:17

Am going to have to come to this thread late every week as DD1 (age 5) has requested we record it and watch together the next day smile

They didn't show all the contestants "hidden inner" cakes. Only 7 were shown (Manisha and Danny for example weren't). I don't care if it's only a quick shot but I want to know what they all aimed to bake and what they turned out like!

I've met Sarah-Jane. Her husband was our Youth Worker at church a good few years back. Don't recall trying any of her treats but then they were only teens/young un's back then. She seems just as shy as she was back then. Going to be rooting for her.

The company my DH works for supplied the tech crew (and yes they know what ovens were used). Apparently Mary Berry is just that nice and so is Mr Salty Dog. All the baking is eaten afterwards by the crew, and yes there is far too much of it for even them to eat! One of the crew was on a diet so Mary Berry gave her some low fat recipes to try, bless her.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Thu 16-Aug-12 10:33:55

ppeatfruit, yes, as Hazel says, it means food. I think it's a Scottish word but could be wrong; do you know, Hazel?

I am not a little girl, more's the pity. grin

Msarsebiscuit Thu 16-Aug-12 11:46:04

No idea if 'scran' is a Scottish word but it does get a lot of use in Manchester eg ' I bet I'd get a decent scran at Salty Dog's gaff but I wouldn't want to do the dirty with him after ' .

ppeatfruit Thu 16-Aug-12 12:32:30

OOh thanks folks for the meaning of scran I'll drop it casually into conversation from now on! It hasn't got 2 meanings one of them not very naice though has it?

BTW Thanks for the link wingdefence funny about the 4 hour face off between salty and M.B. I'm glad she won!!

cleanhankie I'm out on a Tuesday, so I'll be coming a day late to the thread too.

Msarsebiscuit Thu 16-Aug-12 13:02:54

Ppeatfruit, my go-to resource for offensive word definitions,the Urban Dictionary, has one entry for scran defining it as the male perineum ( these may not be the exact words they use ), it's not a use of the word that I've previously encountered and I'm no stranger to the perineum.

ppeatfruit Thu 16-Aug-12 13:21:28

Oh shock grin thanks Msarese!

herethereeverywhere Thu 16-Aug-12 15:36:21

Wing - Thanks for the link. The article is really interesting grin

JulesJules Thu 16-Aug-12 17:24:25

Scran also means food in Cumbria and the North East.

I have never heard that perineum definition shock

LadyClariceCannockMonty Thu 16-Aug-12 17:36:28

Neither have I, and I've been happily using the word for years. blush

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 16-Aug-12 19:39:22

I also use scran solely for food (was only pretending above). Am from Scotland also, LadyClarice .

You can type any word into Urban Dictionary and it will give you a mucky definition, I suspect.

Also - I love love love that it was a Msarsebiscuit who wrote "...and I'm no stranger to the perineum."

ppeatfruit Fri 17-Aug-12 08:54:32

Yes hazel grin!! and only on MN could the discussion so quickly become bum centred grin

Msarsebiscuit Fri 17-Aug-12 10:04:31

I apologise profusely for sullying GBBO with arsetalk, may Mary Berry absolve me of my sin. ( still not as offensive as putting bastarding vegetables in a cake though )

ppeatfruit Fri 17-Aug-12 10:13:42

Speaking through Saint Mary Berry you are absolved after three hail marys!! and 2 saint Paul salties grin

Tomatoes in a cake weird but carrots are yum oh and beetroot but they both have to be cooked and grated first and you'd never know honest.

Msarsebiscuit Fri 17-Aug-12 11:09:03

Ppeatfruit, does that mean you are the earthly vessel through which St Mary Berry, patron saint of Genoese sponges dispenses her grace ? If so, bless my foil lined baking parchment.

Someone at work tried to make me eat beetroot cake once. * 'Nam style flashback *

ppeatfruit Fri 17-Aug-12 11:36:05

yes I is also the earthly channel for Saint Deels of the Victoria sponges grin I made a cooked carrot cake once it was FAB.

DH voms at ANY type of beetroot I LOVE it grin

Msarsebiscuit Fri 17-Aug-12 12:11:00

Genuflects at ppeatfruit and makes the sign of the whisk.

ppeatfruit Fri 17-Aug-12 12:53:12

There my child may the peace and blessings of Saint Cupcake go with you......

nutellaontoast Fri 17-Aug-12 13:14:42

GBBO is my only reason for living now the Olympics are over.

OK, I am totally exaggerating.

Now fantasising about little cottage by the sea on a Scottish island, wearing celtic wossname, wet labrador, whisky in the hot chocolate, scrabble. Mind you, hubs is more of a berghaus fleecy sort, never, ever takes his boots off on the beach and has never baked a cake in his life. He can do a nice bacon sarnie though.

ppeatfruit Fri 17-Aug-12 13:29:52

If you took yer boots off on the beach oop there yer toes 'd drop off from frostbite nutella grin

Bunbaker Fri 17-Aug-12 13:45:12

"I'm always suspicious of a baker who looks way to thin to actually eat any of their creations."

You're just jealous. I don't put weight on easily and have just had a baking session with DD this morning. She loves GBBO and we made lemon butterfly buns with lemon buttercream icing and orange buns with chocolate chips and chocolate buttercream icing. Yum!

mayaswell Fri 17-Aug-12 15:08:22

nutella wet Labrador? Oh the stink!

nutellaontoast Fri 17-Aug-12 18:14:18

Hahahahaa no no no this is a fantasy land. No-one will have to wash up after the bacon sarnies either. With coffee and fresh OJ.

Mind you, thinking about it, we'll upgrade to an irish wolfhound. There will still be a roaring fire, I will still be sporting expensive knitwear.

CockyPants Fri 17-Aug-12 18:34:10

DD, 6, was looking at cookery book shelf of our library and yelled look mummy Mary berry!
All hail the fragrant Mary!
Ode to Rob
Let's do the dirty
On the hob,
May I lick
Your wooden

VikingVagine Fri 17-Aug-12 18:58:05

Has anyone bought this series' book yet?

I liked it but couldn't really see the point in those comedy presenters. What are their names again? The women with short hair who look like sisters. Couldn't Paul or Mary have done it all or didn't they have enough 'personality' to hold the show together?

Slainte Fri 17-Aug-12 21:45:09

We've made it onto Discussions of the Day!

Peevish Fri 17-Aug-12 21:54:26

The way I hear it, Paul Hollywood is a terribly nice man, but got hired specifically to play a kind of milder Simon Cowell character on the show, so plays up the piercing gaze and critical comments stuff. Same source says Mary Berry is much the more difficult of the two...

Msarsebiscuit Fri 17-Aug-12 22:04:06

Doesn't surprise me, personally I think she has a whiff of Thatcher about her - she'd scare the bejeezus out of me.

( new fragrance line - Whiff of Thatcher by Lentheric ? )

PMSL @ Lentheric! What a blast from the past...

Dawndonna Fri 17-Aug-12 22:49:45

Oh good grief! Lentheric. I'm fifteen again!

ppeatfruit Sat 18-Aug-12 07:37:48

Yes i can see that about M.B. I don't mind soggy bottoms in the least ! Back to the bum theme again eh Msarse that name reminds of that disgusting priest on Father Ted! grin

Msarsebiscuit Sat 18-Aug-12 10:53:24

Ah, Fr Jack, yet another in the long line of actors who has disappointed me by being dead posh in real life - see also Tucker Jenkins.

Apologies once again for arses, I'm clearly fixated due not to getting any nookie whatsoever at the moment - this is why I'm living for cake action.

ppeatfruit Sat 18-Aug-12 11:01:30

Now there's a great actor;one who has no ego whatsoever either that or the producers were threatening him with the sack if he didn't look like he'd rolled in shit all the time grin is he dead posh? how funny grin.

CockyPants Sat 18-Aug-12 11:28:17

Don't diss the silver fox Hollywood. He is seriously fuckable.

CockyPants Sat 18-Aug-12 11:28:37

And he can bake. What's not to like??

Msarsebiscuit Sat 18-Aug-12 11:41:26

Who dissed Salty Dog ? I would like to sample his baked goods but wouldn't want to make the beast with two backs with him ( it's a beard thing - his, not mine )

You people disturb me. shock grin

VikingVagine Sat 18-Aug-12 11:48:59

Yuk yuk yuk to Salty Dog. Anyway he's got to be batting for the other team.

Msarsebiscuit Sat 18-Aug-12 12:05:35

I would do James Martin though, especially if he made me a big cake for afterwards.

ppeatfruit Sat 18-Aug-12 12:22:24

Oh no Viking his eyes are gooorgeous and I like his accent very sexy IMO I get weak kneed about guys with green or blue eyes and dark hair like Salty but he is going a little grey now grin Praps it's the stress of fighting Mary Thatcher Berry grin Rob fulfils those criteria; bit young though.

James is cute Msarse but a bit puffy for me.

coffeeinbed Sat 18-Aug-12 12:51:11

Not James Martin.
He used to wear a bandana, FFS.

ppeatfruit Sat 18-Aug-12 13:08:26

coffee I like a man in touch with his feminine side. DS sometimes wears a turban grin, DH ain't keen TBH grin

Msarsebiscuit Sat 18-Aug-12 13:47:16

Ppeatfruit - are you telling me that you fancy men with a scouse accent ? Nice eyes but the beard and frankly rectangular physique - nopey nopey nope nope. Still more understandable than anyone fancying the cooking gnome, Worrall Thompson.

I'm afraid the breaking news that James Martin used to wear a bandanna has ruined any chance he had with me - I expect him to be put on suicide watch.

ppeatfruit Sat 18-Aug-12 14:13:22

Oh yes think the Beatles et al. Have you noticed that Salty's been on a diet since the last GBBO? He def. looks slimmer.

Worrall Thompson Euch hmm

Msarsebiscuit Sat 18-Aug-12 15:09:41

Got loads of male scouse relatives, ppeatfruit, just sayin' ......

I hadn't noticed that Salty had gone on a diet, I will evaluate him more closely on Tuesday.

ppeatfruit Sat 18-Aug-12 16:49:50

Lucky you are they cute? grin

Msarsebiscuit Sat 18-Aug-12 17:55:15

They do nowt for me but they're faaaaaaaaaaaamily, innit

I got the app and made the 'chocolate hotpot' today. Sweet Jesus it was delicious grin. And easy smile

CaroCo Sat 18-Aug-12 22:38:23

Cake porn. Dont just stay with the missionary cake of scones, try to mix it up abit.

disciple Sat 18-Aug-12 23:41:54

I am extra happy that the British Bake off is back on, it starts my baking sensations again. I felt sorry for the lady who had to leave, you should always follow the instructions!

ppeatfruit Sun 19-Aug-12 09:00:38

yes disciple it's like having to be your name even when you're doing yr. own thing I LOVE polenta cakes but Saint Salty and Saint Mary don't so tough mate grin

VikingVagine Sun 19-Aug-12 09:10:13

€3.99 for the app??? Gah, is it worth it?

ppeatfruit Sun 19-Aug-12 09:26:23

I'm not into apps. it's probably cheaper than the book but you can get cake mix on books without problems can't you?

Msarsebiscuit Sun 19-Aug-12 09:44:42

I've got the app, it's ok but I didn't think there was a huge range of recipes and I'm a bit whazzed off that it's not an iPad app too, what with my poor ageing eyesight and that.

VikingVagine Sun 19-Aug-12 10:05:43

Ok, I bought it on my iPad (IPhone apps work on iPads) but can't figure out how to use the touch free thing, I think you might need a camera for it to work (which makes sense) and of course I don't have a camera.

Msarsebiscuit Sun 19-Aug-12 10:40:56

Yes, Viking, I bought it on my phone and then added the app onto my iPad, I was just disappointed that it wasn't optimised for the iPad. I hadn't noticed the touch free option ( I'm thinking about asking what exactly that does but suspect that's a really stupid question ).

VikingVagine Sun 19-Aug-12 10:44:58

When you're following a recipe in the landscape mode you can turn the page by just waving your hand over the camera so you don't get sticky fingers on the screen.

Msarsebiscuit Sun 19-Aug-12 10:56:27

I'll have to give that a go then, thank you.

EugenesAxe Sun 19-Aug-12 10:57:42

Late as usual but I am also a fan. I didn't fully register that we didn't see all the hidden picture cakes and now I'm a bit shock. First observations are that I really don't like Cathryn; it's not because she's thin but because she seemed so damn false! I think Brendan got a whiff of that too, with his comments to one of the other contestants during the show. I like all the other women but am finding it hard to like the men much beyond Ryan, James and Brendan. I'd like to see Stuart sporting a silver 'H' on his forehead next week, personally.

I caught a bit of Junior Bake Off this morning, but was slightly put off when a girl (of 8 or 9 years?) said 'I'm really going to have to up my game now Mary Berry is here'.

£Any says her Dad is a City wank-speak type.

sensesworkingovertime Sun 19-Aug-12 21:02:49

Are you serious, this is TV at it's best! My 13 yr old DS loves it too which is great. I think Sue Perkins is fab, Mel is ok too.

Have you noticed how most of the contestants have 2 kids? Weird innit?

girlsofsummer Mon 20-Aug-12 00:05:51

DD1 absolutely LOVES Junior Bakeoff. So do I tbh

MrsJohnMurphy Mon 20-Aug-12 00:37:46

I'm sure there were disparaging things on the celeb thread said about James martin along the lines of sexist and a bit of a twat.

I don't like Cathryn either, she is this series Ruth/Holly prissy miss bloody perfects, she is always trying to appear all of a dither, attention seeker IMO.

Did feel a bit sorry for the lady that left, I remember the floppy haired guy from last series who kept fucking up, then miraculously getting through hmm.

mumzy Mon 20-Aug-12 07:50:04

Mary Berry reminds me of my home economics teacher in both looks and manner. Woe betide you if you start messing about with the basic principles of bakery and making previously untried short cuts!

ppeatfruit Mon 20-Aug-12 08:41:08

Mel and Sue make it; they 'lighten' the atmosphere and are there for the competitors which is nec. IMO Cathryn isn't faking she's truly terrified I would be as well grin.

EugenesAxe Mon 20-Aug-12 14:40:05

They do tend to come down like a ton of bricks on a poor bake... so I think that's why Natasha went. That hidden picture cake was unfortunately shocking... on top of the boiled baba it sealed her fate I think.

I wasn't entirely dissing Junior Bake Off BTW! I saw about 5 minutes and that comment just made me slightly Sideshow Bob [shudder].

Interesting to hear the mixed Cathryn opinions too - that was just my first impression.

ppeatfruit Mon 20-Aug-12 16:40:13

The outside of Nat's cake looked pretty though smile. Stu's tomato cake was yuck as well wasn't it? Not sure what you mean about a silver H on his head, a large W round his neck would be more of my opinion grin

hiviolet Mon 20-Aug-12 18:08:57

A silver H on his head as in Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)? grin

EugenesAxe Tue 21-Aug-12 08:04:31

Yeah... don't you think he looks a bit like him?!

Especially in the link from Cleavers: contestant profiles

herethereeverywhere Tue 21-Aug-12 12:56:26

It's on tonight!

ppeatfruit Tue 21-Aug-12 13:02:49

Yaaay grin Eugene he does look familiar in that link .I never watched Red Dwarf though.

ppeatfruit Tue 21-Aug-12 13:04:43

He does look better without the gel doesn't he? But i never could stand mouthy P.E. teachers at school and at uni we took the pee out of them.

tallslutnopanties Tue 21-Aug-12 13:15:50

Can't believe I have only discovered this this year! Is there a new series of junior bake off? I can only find repeats from last year.

herethereeverywhere Tue 21-Aug-12 13:17:07

I hope he doesn't keep making it through each week when he messes up like Rob last year.

Rob was gorgeous though smile

herethereeverywhere Tue 21-Aug-12 13:40:07

Judging a man on his looks rather than his cakes! What would Mary Berry say?!grin


And mess up as he did he still would knock my socks knickers off in the kitchen bedroom grin

ppeatfruit Tue 21-Aug-12 14:50:57

Oh yeah Rob was dreamy and actually nice with it ,it's true his cooking skills left a little to be desired but i'm with Fishare all the way man!grin

VikingVagine Tue 21-Aug-12 15:13:10

Oh Rob was beautiful, total eye candy, sod the fact his baking was awful not quite on par with the others.

herethereeverywhere Tue 21-Aug-12 16:12:59

At least Rob was nice and not arrogant like PE man seems to be.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 21-Aug-12 16:32:33

Right, everyone up for tonight then? smile I didn't find this topic last week but I'm here properly this week.

Anyone else notice the rum baba recipe was in the old GBBO cookbook from last season? I was just making the pizza dough recipe this week and saw it on the opposite page..

ppeatfruit Tue 21-Aug-12 16:44:13

EXACTLY herethereeverywhere Yup I'm up for tonight GreenEggs bring it on grin

AnneOfCleavers Tue 21-Aug-12 20:01:37

I am excited tonight. I love making bread and bagels.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 21-Aug-12 20:05:01

Also excited!
LOVE making and eating bread. Love Mel and Sue. Love Paul and Mary.

This is quite literally my favourite hour of the week.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 21-Aug-12 20:08:38

am back!

Whatever will Stuart mess up this week? smile

booflebean Tue 21-Aug-12 20:10:13

Was that a mumsnet scarf I saw one of the ladies wearing...???

VikingVagine Tue 21-Aug-12 20:11:59

There I was mulling over buying a pizza stone, sod that, I'm off down to the river tomorrow!

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 21-Aug-12 20:13:35

The river?? I'm off to B&Q...!

VikingVagine Tue 21-Aug-12 20:13:35

I knew she was a MNer!

coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 20:14:20

Blowtorch on the flatbreads?

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 21-Aug-12 20:21:38

Oh is that what the MN scarf looks like? grin Have been here 3 years, seen the references to it but not actually seen one. hmm.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 21-Aug-12 20:23:06

Ooooh, almost all of those breads looked delicious.
And now I am very hungry.

VikingVagine Tue 21-Aug-12 20:24:56

I'm pretty sure Catheryn is on this thread...

coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 20:29:44

I could never do that.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 21-Aug-12 20:29:57

REally? Waves to any GBBO-ers that may be posting or lurking on this thread. PLEASE namechange then reveal yourself and tell us lots of behind the scenes gossip.

VikingVagine Tue 21-Aug-12 20:30:23

<snort @ James having a really long one>

AnneOfCleavers Tue 21-Aug-12 20:30:39

Ooo nice to see they have instructions on just how to plait it.

I've made 3 strand plait rolls before but I had no idea what I would do if faced with 8 strands.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 21-Aug-12 20:34:13

Me neither Anne. I can just manage a 3-plait on hair or bread, but 8???

I think I need to try it though. On bread. Not on hair.

MissMogwi Tue 21-Aug-12 20:38:29

I've only just mastered the French plait at the age of 33. Of be jibbering in the corner faced with that.

MissMogwi Tue 21-Aug-12 20:38:55

I'd be not of.

AnneOfCleavers Tue 21-Aug-12 20:40:06

I think I'll give it a go too. I can imagine it ending up in a massive knot though grin

I love making bagels so I'm looking forward to which flavours everyone does.

coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 20:41:34

Brendan scares me.

herethereeverywhere Tue 21-Aug-12 20:42:29

Definitely don't like Peter the sales manager. It's annoying me the way he keeps giving instructions to the camera. He is not a cooking presenter! [annoyed]

Also it's a sign I spend to much time on here when I shouted out 'that's a mumsnet scarf' at the tv !

GreatBritishCakeScoff Tue 21-Aug-12 20:46:36

where do you actually buy the mumsnet scarf? I want a grey one.
I like Brendan and the schottish guy.

GreatBritishCakeScoff Tue 21-Aug-12 20:47:30


coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 20:47:50

James - scottish guy.
I like him.

herethereeverywhere Tue 21-Aug-12 20:47:53

I got my grey scarf on amazon. Search for celebrity scraf and it will come up.

GreatBritishCakeScoff Tue 21-Aug-12 20:50:46

Mel's jackety is a bit hmm don't you think?

MissMogwi Tue 21-Aug-12 20:51:14

I'm bloody starving now.

AnneOfCleavers Tue 21-Aug-12 20:52:13

I quite like James too. I think he'll go a long way in the competition.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 21-Aug-12 20:52:53

I have a Mumsnet scarf... AND I have Mary Berry's scarf.
Should I be flattered, as she is Saint Mary of Berry?
Or should I be horrified, as she has about 40 years on me.

It's from Zara, btw.

coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 20:53:45

I wondered about MB's scarf.
I like it a lot.

Cuckoomama Tue 21-Aug-12 20:54:01

Is Brendan leonard Mincer in disguise?

coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 20:55:46

Where are Manisha's bagels?

AnneOfCleavers Tue 21-Aug-12 21:00:51

They haven't shown all the bagels.

The people this week whose bagels weren't shown seem to be the same people who didn't have their hidden cakes shown last week.

coffeeinbed Tue 21-Aug-12 21:10:28

's not fair.

herethereeverywhere Tue 21-Aug-12 21:13:40

Annoying they don't show all of the finished bakes. Kind of defeats the point of the show no? hmm

nutellaontoast Tue 21-Aug-12 21:18:28

I had to eat the remainder of my (poor) garlic and coriander Lidl naan to get through this week. And then a piece of peanut butter jam toast.

Wasn't this a week for the boys though?! They did so well. I love James. Also Brendan. The PE teacher reminds me of the one in Teachers though...

GreatBritishCakeScoff Tue 21-Aug-12 21:21:59

They probably do all the editing after the winner has been chosen at the end, don't you think? Don't rate the chances of those who aren't featured much.

Have just ordered a mumsnet scarf, exciting! Thanks herethere.

WhyTheBigPaws Tue 21-Aug-12 21:26:05

I am still sorry about Natasha going last week, I hated seeing her in tears again in the recap bit - she looked genuinely sad unlike the usual reality TV drama queens and she seemed like such a nice person. Think my favourites at the moment are James (cute and very good) and Victoria (unpretentious but a bit hit and miss). All of those flatbreads sounded amazing - the chilli and halloumi ones from Jo (last year's winner)'s book are supposed to be great as well.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 21-Aug-12 21:29:19

Funny I think the editing is just the opposite. Didn't it seem last season that the people who made it to the end weren't the ones showcased in the first few eps? I think they don't want us guessing too early.

BigHairyFlowers Tue 21-Aug-12 21:40:30

Brendan has a labradoodle! I have a new second favourite!

Unfortunately, labradoodle doesn't trump being as adorable as James grin

JeezyPeeps Tue 21-Aug-12 23:13:45

Claim to fame - James' mum is my doctor.

ppeatfruit Wed 22-Aug-12 08:27:52

Well weird or what? Peter going when his cakes were SO good last week ,i don't like his smugness BTW i just thought it was a bit unfair when Stu was mediocre ALL the time and still managed to stay in.

I like Cathryn now she's relaxed (i love the sitting by the oven!) james came over better too so sweet i'm glad he won best of show!!

Smellslikecatspee Wed 22-Aug-12 08:29:29

Didnt manage to post last this week though did watch.

Can someone tell me how is Stuart still there???

ppeatfruit Wed 22-Aug-12 08:44:53

Yeah VERY good question ( maybe he has good connections) well there's no other reason i can think of.

GreenEggsAndNichts Wed 22-Aug-12 10:14:31

I think Stuart is still not out, not by virtue of him doing well, but because someone else managed to be worse than he was. smile

Last night it sounded as if one of his bakes (the bread? I forget) actually turned out alright. The other poor guy had three failures in a row.

ppeatfruit Wed 22-Aug-12 10:42:24

But greenEggs Peter made amazing cakes last week and Stu most def. didn't.

It's also annoying that we don't see everything they all bake it's obviously 'cos they don't have time in the programme esp. when they start with so many contestants. They need to either give another half hour to it or continue over 2 days.

GreenEggsAndNichts Wed 22-Aug-12 15:28:46

You're right, Stuart was terrible last week. They don't seem to have taken his performance last week into consideration.

BigHairyFlowers Wed 22-Aug-12 15:30:56

Mary & Paul did say the contestants need to be consistent though, and Stuart is at least consistently bad! Maybe he will win!

extremelychocolateymilkroll Wed 22-Aug-12 17:08:51

Love this programme - and this thread.
Thanks for the link to that really interesting article in the Telegraph. WingDefence. Had never really thought about how expensive it would be to enter nor how little time some had to practise - like James in the middle of his exams.
JeezyPeeps - very impressive claim to fame.
Sorry to see Natasha go last week but I thought it was the right result unlike Peter this week who surely should have been shown more credit for what he did last week. I also like James, Victoria and the vicar's wife - in fact most of them really except Stuart and Cathryn who does seem fake to me. I love how calm Brendan is - and how he mentioned that the didn't believe that Cathryn was really in a panic. Can also understand why people find him a bit sinister... Really interesting interview with Mary Berry on Desert Island Discs.

anonacfr Wed 22-Aug-12 19:53:22

Cathryn annoys me too.
She reminds me of those girls at school who always used to have drama queen sessions after exams and go on and on about how they had miserably failed and invariably ended up with top grades.

TwoIfBySea Wed 22-Aug-12 20:20:51

Do like James, John, Ryan and Brendan as well as, um, vicar's wife, Manisha and Victoria.

PE teacher is way to smug, glad Peter went - he was definitely a sales manager, Catheryn is playing up the frightened mouse thing far too much. That lass has a rod of steel running through her, mark my words. All that faux "oh look what I did, is it any good?" fishing gets wearing after a while.

EugenesAxe Wed 22-Aug-12 22:20:07

Cathryn slightly improved for me this week. She is still a bit simpery.

I don't get MN scarves. I own lots of scarves and I am a MNer, but I would have no clue if I was sporting some code for other MNers.

I am quite glad Peter went as I, very shallowly, had a massive issue with his teeth. They reminded me of Jafar as the imprisoned cripple in Aladdin. And I think it's been said, but a massive cock up one week won't be salvaged by a decent effort the week before. People like Stewart will go by the end because the standard will go so high, past performance will have to considered too.

anonacfr Wed 22-Aug-12 22:32:57

TwoIfBySea I so agree. Cathryn really annoyed me when she did her 'poor me' act while waiting for her bagels to cook. And lo and behold out came of the oven perfect-looking bagels.
I bet the judges loved them. Shame we didn't get to see it.

StormGlass Wed 22-Aug-12 23:52:04

I'm disappointed that we don't see all the bakes being judged. Surely they could have skipped the (admittedly entertaining) section on the history of bagels and shown more of the bakes?

Loving it otherwise.

VikingVagine Thu 23-Aug-12 09:13:47

Google mumsnet scarf , images, the first one is right (kind of leopard print).

Agree with other comments, Cathryn is annoying. I like James.

I have come very late to this thread and didn't see the first episode as we were away but DS2 loves this programme and the junior version so have been forced to watch, not that it is a great trial. What's not to like about baking? grin

I must admit that I was wondering whether anybody else found Cathryn annoying or whether I am just mean. Seems that if I am mean so are a lot of you. If she's faking it, stop now please but if not I just want to tell her to get a backbone! blush

I find I have nothing to say about Manisha and Danny. Are they two of the ones who haven't been featured much?

I am saving my opinions on the other until I have seen the next episode. grin

ppeatfruit Thu 23-Aug-12 11:40:37

Hi BBB! I don't think Cath. is faking you should 've seen her last week she was shaking with fear but she did pass a unpleasant comment on Stew's cooking skills. grin Eugene IKWYM about Peters' teeth oh dear! to be kind he probably didn't realise how bad they'd look on telly. funnily he became human when failing.

SerendipityAlways Thu 23-Aug-12 12:32:32

Cake question! The lady who was eliminated in the first show (Natasha) made a lovely showstopper cake at the end of the show, covered in lovely pink and white swirly rose type buttercream icing - which I remember Mary Berry in particualr admired. My DD has asked if I could do this on her birthday cake next week!! Has anyone any idea as to how to do this, it looked a lot more complicated than just doing swirly things with an icing bag, as the icing seemed to be a mix of both pink and white, and I presume she used a special nozzle? Is there anything about this online -have checked the GBBO website on BBC and have found nothing - all help appreciated!

AnneOfCleavers Thu 23-Aug-12 12:58:17 This shows you how to make multi-toned icing. I've never tried it but it seems to show pretty clearly how to do it. Hope this helps!

VikingVagine Thu 23-Aug-12 13:45:46

<beckons Serendipity over to the dark side baking topic>

There are several ways to get multi toned piping, easiest IMO is to paint a line of colouring on the indies of your piping bag.

ppeatfruit Thu 23-Aug-12 14:32:25

Good Luck serend!! grin

Hi ppeat. Should we even be talking about baking? wink

Baked things and specifically cake are my weakness. A day without cake is a day lost as far as I'm concerned.

I try to be moderate but it is a daily battle!

ppeatfruit Thu 23-Aug-12 17:22:48

IKWYM but I love GBBO it's so much better than all those crazy fake high pressured master chef type progs. I make cakes occasionally and they are even healthy would you believe!

ppeatfruit Fri 24-Aug-12 10:16:17

For those with Listen Again computers; Mary Berry was on Chris Evan's show BBC radio 2 this morning and they had saint Paul Hollywood on the phone who nearly dropped the top secret Information that he's going to be on Strictly this Autumn!!!!!! he's def. going to loose weight on there!!!!

VikingVagine Fri 24-Aug-12 10:24:31
HazeltheMcWitch Fri 24-Aug-12 15:38:48

Dancing Salty Dog? I literally don't think I can wait.
God, he's not this year's old duffer, is he? Will be be paired with Flavia?

NettOlympicSuperstar Sat 25-Aug-12 11:00:41

Book's arrived.
There's some great sounding recipes.
Going to try Chickpea, spinach and mushroom wellington soon, and the caramel layer cake for DD's birthday on Friday as she loves salt caramel.
Sticky toffee tray bake sounds great too, and the gingerbread house for Christmas.
Ooh, the plaited loaf is in it too.

DD2 is making DD1s birthday cake today - she's doing the hidden hearts AND the marbled icing roses, which if it comes off ought to look spectacular. She's planning putting two separate colours into one icing bag, but I'll get her to have a look at the link earlier, as that looks a bit easier. It might produce too much of a definite colour divide though, and I think she wants it to be marbled, rather than two-tone. We'll see anyway.

NettOlympicSuperstar Sat 25-Aug-12 11:23:48

I'm not a great baker and terrible with anything fiddly, but this cake is just a layered sponge so should be fine.
I was going to do Lorraine Pascal's hidden tiger one, but this looks easier for me, and the trouble with Lorraine's is that you don't know it's worked until you cut it.

I'm off the Car Fest later (the Chris Evans thing) and there is a cake and bread making competition going on all weekend. I saw on the website yesterday that Mary and Saltydog will be judging tomorrow. I shall definitely be abandoning DS1 and DH to the cars and going to check that out with DS2. That is a bit of a bonus - I wasn't much looking forward to it before now!! <<dances small jig >>

anonacfr Sat 25-Aug-12 19:49:41

What's the book called?

NettOlympicSuperstar Sat 25-Aug-12 21:27:15
ppeatfruit Sun 26-Aug-12 09:07:11

Lucky you BBB I hope its fun grin tell us about it when you get back.grin

photos of the hidden hearts/marbled roses cake on my profile (at least they ought to be). The roses didn't work as well as they could have done (DD2 did use the two bag in one bag method in the end, and next time she needs to put more buttercream into the hollowed out base before adding the hearts as some slices crumbled a bit), but all in all, a brilliant effort from a 14 year old we reckoned.

Needed a LOT of red gel colouring to get such a vivid red, but worth it for the visual effect.

VikingVagine Mon 27-Aug-12 16:45:48

That's very good for a 14 yr old!

NettOlympicSuperstar Mon 27-Aug-12 17:17:59

That's great, much better than I could do.
I'm really cack handed.

It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be (although she spent the best part of 7 hours making it).

VikingVagine Mon 27-Aug-12 17:31:41

Which recipe did she follow?

Her own basic recipe for the sponge, added loads of red gel to the heart batch, and watched the bits of the episode where they showed both cakes over and over again. Buttercream for the roses, but put a royal icing disc on the top to do glace icing for DD1s name.

GBBO2MAB Mon 27-Aug-12 21:37:38

Wotchers Everyone!

Mary-Anne from last years GBBO here * waves madly *

Bit late to the Mumsnet Party (only 12 months!) - forgot my user name and pw etc etc etc - so I just re-joined and wanted to thank you all for your enthusiasm and comments from last year.

Hope you're all enjoying Series 3 as much as me!

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VikingVagine Mon 27-Aug-12 22:05:18

Hello Mary-Anne! <also waves frantically>

So, what's it like being on the show?

WingDefence Mon 27-Aug-12 22:12:59

Wotchers Mary-Anne!

Can I just say I love your blog - it's a great read smile biscuit blush

Hello, Mary-Anne. Good to see you here. Can you link to your blog please? (If that allowed). Whose chances do you fancy this year?

NettOlympicSuperstar Tue 28-Aug-12 08:21:21

Yes, I'd love the link to your blog too please.
Also, what's your favourite recipe from the book of your series, I've got it but only tried one dish.

ppeatfruit Tue 28-Aug-12 08:24:20

OOOOOh exciting we're not worthy!!! grin Mary Anne it's lovely to hear from you!! have we worked out the personalities of the judges correctly? Forgive us if we're a bit cheeky!

GBBO2MAB Tue 28-Aug-12 08:56:25

Wotchers VV! Being on the show was great fun - lots of laughs. Also very tiring - lots of standing around waiting for clearing up, glamour shots (of the food, not us!), judging, interviews etc. Mostly though I remember the laughs grin

WD - Thanky! The linky is:

AP - not sure I should say who my favourites are - my first choice was Natasha & then Peter - meep! confused I think I'd better try and avoid jinxing anyone else and keep mum wink

NOS - My favourite recipe from the book is going to be one of my own - * gasp * wink Melting Moments & Chocolate Orange Mousse Cake are also both on my blog (for those without the book) plus a few more from the show.

PP - Mary is lovely - I'm a huge fan - and Paul just plays the baddie. Mel & Sue are both hilarious and sympathetic shoulders to cry on when things go wrong.

Roll on Round 3 - Tarts!
Only 11 hours to go! smile

hiviolet Tue 28-Aug-12 09:28:57

Great to see you Mary-Anne grin. Already have your blog on my Google Reader and Melting Moments just happen to be on my ever increasing baking to-do list.

I saw Paul and Mary on Sunday at Car Fest at the weekend judging the pies v. cakes. Paul complained about soggy bottoms on some the pies and Mary was very nice about everybody's cake, just like on the telly! They whittled it down to a chicken, leek and cream pie and a boozy fruit cake and left if to Chris Evans to decided between them. Needless to say it was a draw. How do you chose?! The crowd were very split on gender lines. Men favoured the pies and women the cakes. I shall be watching the GBBO with interest to see if that bias extends to the competitors. Not long now. smile

Love your blog Mary-Anne. Gorgeous photos. Can I be nosy and ask what sort of camera you use? I have a blog and always struggle to take good photos but yours are excellent so I wonder what your secret is. I fear it is the case that I have a lot to learn about

LetUsPrey Tue 28-Aug-12 14:22:57

Very late to the thread!

Favourites so far are: James, John, Sarah-Jane, Brendan.

Who else is there? Cathryn, Danny, Victoria, Ryan, Manisha, and Stuart. Is that everyone? Can't see Stuart lasting much longer. Agree with whoever said that Danny might be the dark horse for this series.

Can't wait for tonight, but will only be able to watch on Sky+ after it's finished.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 28-Aug-12 14:38:05

It was me! Hello Prey smile.

LetUsPrey Tue 28-Aug-12 14:54:45

Hello LadyClaricesmile. Once again, we're thinking the same thing!

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 28-Aug-12 15:15:45

<<links arms with Prey>>

ppeatfruit Tue 28-Aug-12 16:32:50

Hey me too! grin I had the thought about Danny great minds eh Lady and Prey?

LetUsPrey Tue 28-Aug-12 16:42:42

It's the MN Hive Mind in action! grin

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 19:07:58

Getting ready to watch at 8 tonight. Quick break between fix of Celebrity mc (reminds self must actually look up who they are this week, it's been confusing) and this week's GBBO to feed, tidy up etc.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 28-Aug-12 20:02:56

Mary-Anne - hello!

Oh, how much do I love 8pm Tues at the mo.

LINKY to the Bakers' profiles, so we have their real names to hand.

WingDefence Tue 28-Aug-12 20:03:08

Ooh it's started! Has anyone else seen the rumour about Paul Hollywood doing Strictly this year?! grin

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:04:35

Ooh thx for link Hazel

WingDefence Tue 28-Aug-12 20:04:52

Oops just seen it was already posted about Dancing Salty Dog blush

Back to the show!

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 28-Aug-12 20:05:49

But what's this?
Today MEL has custody of the floral scarf from Zara that Mary wore last week. (that I also have).
Do they share all they clothes, do you think?

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:07:45

Is james mad?
A real puff and a tart in two hours?

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:08:16

Love James and the double bass with dartboard in his local.

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:08:43

double entendre not intended...

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:10:31

Arff arff coffee

LetUsPrey Tue 28-Aug-12 20:10:43

I have to find some willpower from somewhere and not read this thread until after I've watched the show later tonight. It's not going to be easy.

bisjolympics Tue 28-Aug-12 20:12:35

I've only just switched on and perfect Cathryn is annoying me already with scenes of her baking over an open fire whilst camping.

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:13:00

Like the sound of John's apple and vanilla tarte tatin.

WingDefence Tue 28-Aug-12 20:13:23

That's the MN scarf Cathryn's wearing, isn't it...?

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:13:33

Manisha seems a very busy lady in her home/work life.

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:15:25

Those a very deep.
I would expect a crispy thin tarte tatin.

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:18:48

Ok, I don't see many classic tarts.
Upside down cakes - yes.

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:18:55

I like mine quite caramelly so some of them too apply/appley (spelling?) for me

BikeRunSki Tue 28-Aug-12 20:20:52

Why is it in a marquee?

bisjolympics Tue 28-Aug-12 20:21:53

So they can have bunting?

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:22:45

Paul likes Danny's savoury tarte.

GWenlockMaryLacey Tue 28-Aug-12 20:29:54

Have Kitchenaid been sacked? grin

GWenlockMaryLacey Tue 28-Aug-12 20:30:39

How did I not know that treacle tart had breadcrumbs in it? <vom>

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:31:26

Shameful confession of the week - I've never eaten a treacle tart.

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:35:11

Danny, intensive care consultant: "if you don't get it right, that could be the end of it" about her treacle tart, not the patients hopefully smile

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 28-Aug-12 20:35:24

I've never had treacle tart either. Not sure if I've even had treacle, tbh.
And it's not like I've ever knowingly passed up pudding.

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:36:20

just looks too sweet.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 28-Aug-12 20:37:47

I LOVED the way that Shetland James did and applied his lattice-work, b-t-w. DOing it on baking paper then whopping it on (technical term, yes) was GENIUS.

He is my favourite. Even despite his puff/tarte shenanigans that coffee revealed to us.

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:40:20

Crying over treacle tart - oh Sarah-Jane!

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:41:17

And under two hours, Hazel! Nat that it matters.
I like James.

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:42:40

is Stuart the one Cathryn had a soft spot for?

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 28-Aug-12 20:42:43

KitchenAid still thereGWenlock . They surely reign supreme in the Big Book of Baking Cliches? KA, SMEG, Magimix, Kilner Jars, bunting, Emma Bridgewater... and I want it all

I even noticed that the rolling pin was branded AGA !

bisjolympics Tue 28-Aug-12 20:42:57

I like James. I really don't like Stuart at all. He seems really smug but without the skills to merit his smugness.

bisjolympics Tue 28-Aug-12 20:44:17

Cathryn reminds me of Jane Horrocks.

AnneOfCleavers Tue 28-Aug-12 20:45:10

Oooo hello Mary-Anne! Your blog looks great. I think I'm going to have to try some of the recipes smile

I really like James. It was great watching him just bang on the lattice work on top of the tart.

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:45:40

I love my Kitchen Aid.
I ve been looking after it by not overworking it much...blush
And I don't like Brendan.

GWenlockMaryLacey Tue 28-Aug-12 20:49:45

Since when were blackberries tropical? confused grin

coffeeinbed Tue 28-Aug-12 20:50:30

Did Manisha just say "I'm mixing the apricot jam with some rum to bring up the coconut flavour?'

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 20:52:43

Victorias's obviously tastes awful.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 28-Aug-12 20:58:43


TwoIfBySea Tue 28-Aug-12 21:05:20

I'm running 20 minutes behind - can't wait, who has gone???

TwoIfBySea Tue 28-Aug-12 21:05:20

I'm running 20 minutes behind - can't wait, who has gone???

TheWave Tue 28-Aug-12 21:14:44

Victoria. She wasn't good this week though. I like Brendon more than someone else said upthread. He nearly went. He is low key but OK in his own way so far, wonder why he wanted to do the show.

Who was it who had the stonking great chunks of apple in his tarte tatin? It looked ok in the tin, but completely shock when turned out.

I want to try the bananana one!!

Vair excited to see Mary Ann on here!

BigHairyFlowers Tue 28-Aug-12 22:28:28

I loved James' lattice whop!

I squealed blush

Sorry to see Victoria go though, I really thought she was a contender in the first episode.

cocolepew Tue 28-Aug-12 22:46:11

I love James, I think it was a shame Victoria went, I would have liked to see some more of her. James is very calm, compared to the others.

Didn't get the chance to post when it was on but managed to see most of the programme even though DS2 had me wading through the books from the last 2 series at the same time. hmm

I have to say, it might be the editing but Victoria had the look of a condemned woman almost since last week. It wasn't any surprise that she went. I am glad Stuart pulled it out the bag a bit on the last round. Doesn't do for the winners to be too obvious from the beginning and he didn't have a couple of dodgy rounds - fancy not putting enough syrup in his treacle tart!

Still not sure who I like best although I felft for Sarah Jane for crying over her treacle tart. Bless. All she did wrong was get her lattice in a

Whoops - that should be did have a dodgy round.....

LetUsPrey Tue 28-Aug-12 23:04:50

Caught up! Very happy to see James get star baker but sad to see Victoria go so early.

Want to try James' apple and lavender tarte tatin.

Did you see the meringue showstoppers for next week? Excited already smile.

MinnieBar Tue 28-Aug-12 23:06:21

bisjolympics - yy, but also a touch of the mum from Outnumbered… grin

cocolepew Tue 28-Aug-12 23:12:25

Thank you minniebar! I knew she reminded me of someone.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 28-Aug-12 23:14:03

Victoria was a churlish loser! 'I suppose it's just you have to impress the people who are the judges, and it's a shame that in their eyes I didn't do better'! Just stop putting peppercorns in everything you mad woman!

herethereeverywhere Wed 29-Aug-12 06:11:22

Late watching it this week but not surprised that Victoria went. Loved watching them all try to do a lattice ! Think the amount of time they got was short though?hmm

Are we taking guesses on the winner yet? Also I think you can have a great game of innuendo bingo with this show. The line of the night for me was 'I have fiddled with Mary Berry and I hope she won't mind' blush

herethereeverywhere Wed 29-Aug-12 06:15:58

Oh hello Mary-Ann am going to make your mousse cake today for my birthday and then as its my birthday I will proceed to eat it all and not share it with anyone!! grin

wotchers real Mary-Anne !! lovely to see you on here !
I like to think that Danny is a dark horse and will come shining through - but favourite is James. I thought the invalid fruit tart looked really nice too grin

GBBO2MAB Wed 29-Aug-12 12:45:29

Wotchers, Hi & Hello to hiviolet, HazeltheMcWitch, AnneOfCleavers & MaryAnnSingleton!

Hi BBB - I've got a very basic setup, the most important items being the lens and the lighting.
I have a Canon EOS 350D and a 50mm lens for those delish food closeups.
For lighting I have 3 lamps - 1 desk anglepoise & 2 small desk lamps all fitted with daylight bulbs(colour temperature >5000)
A white tablecloth to act as a backdrop & a table near a window with indirect light.
A bit like this setup, but without the light box:
Hope this helps!

herethereeverywhere: Many happy returns! Hope the baking goes well - and you manage to repel all boarders with the results! wink

TwoIfBySea Wed 29-Aug-12 16:55:28

Felt a little sorry for Victoria but she seemed a little out of her depth? Cakes are obviously her speciality and there is nothing wrong with that.

Really could have eaten Danny's tart all by my greedy self! James and John are both really interesting to watch and I love Manisha's way of doing things. (Think I've gotten the names right...maybe!) Like Brendan too.

Still have no time for Stuart, seems to get through despite being bottom two all the time. Noted that Cathryn's "little me" act was perhaps wearing on Mel who pointed out that surely all the compliments must be helping her confidence - I think she watched too much of Jo last year and thinks that is how you win.

Thanks Mary Anne. I can never seem to get my pictures bright enough or sharp enough come to that, not like yours. Despite being a bridge camera it seems it can't do as much manually as I would like. I got a book on photograph for my birthday and now I am seriously considering getting a proper DSLR so I find myself looking at other people's photos and wondering how they did them. Perhaps I will just fiddle around with more lighting with the current camera whilst I am saving up for something decent.

TwoIfBySea - I thought Catherine might have been copying Jo lack of confidence thing as well but I never found Jo grating. I don't know why Catherine annoys me. I was wondering if it had been done before. I keep wanting to say if it's so hard on you, leave the programme! A bit uncharitable of me I know. blush

marquesas Thu 30-Aug-12 21:52:11

I'm late to this thread and just been catching up. I've watched out of order and just seen the bread one tonight.

I have a question for Mary Anne or anyone else who knows - where does all the stuff come from to display the finished bakes?

On the bagel challenge one baker (might have been Danny) had a basket wrapped in a stars and stripes flag - do the bakers get some advance warning and bring stuff from home or do they all have to fight over who gets the best display items?

BartletForTeamGB Thu 30-Aug-12 22:11:49

Can I ask Mary-Anne a question as well?

How much information are you given for the Technical Challenge?

Also (while I'm here) how much warning did you get of the bakes for the following weekend? Did you get told at the beginning what every week would be so you could practise your signature bakes/showstoppers?

I think (not just because I kind of know James' mum and am a doctor but because he looks very confident and convincing) that James is on for a win.

gregorisnotmyname Thu 30-Aug-12 23:23:07

Brendan looks and sounds like Mrs Doubtfire.

GBBO2MAB Fri 31-Aug-12 16:07:06

Hi marquesas and BartletForTeamGB

Advance notice of the technical challenge = none. Unless you were a lucky guesser, the first you knew of it was when you're allowed to turn over the recipe.

With the other stuff, all the recipes for Signature Bakes/Showstoppers for all episodes had to be submitted before filming began. I think the contestants this year were filming just at weekends, but with us it was a bit more random - once there was just 3 days inbetween - not much time for practicing at all!

You could bring your own display items, or use the stuff in the tent, it was up to you. The display items for the Technical Challenge were always provided.

BartletForTeamGB Fri 31-Aug-12 16:36:00

Thanks for answering, Mary-Anne (feel very excited to 'meet' you!).

I meant how much information did you get on those sheets of paper for the technical challenge. They go on about the bakers don't get told very much. Weights of ingredients? Temperature? Timing?

marquesas Fri 31-Aug-12 17:27:33

Thanks Mary Anne, I'm glad to here that's it's all as we see it, no CDWM type manipulations.

I noticed that in the last series most of sweets bakes came straight from one of Mary's books that I have so I guess at the very least it's a good idea to have a go at all the published recipes from both judges.

GBBO2MAB Fri 31-Aug-12 19:22:30

BartletForTeamGB: oh right - sorry - misunderstood. confused
It's all a bit hazy now, but I seem to remember you were told what to do - not really how to do it eg 'mix the cake'. Weights/Temperatures weren't really messed with.
Also, the amount of information lessened as the weeks went on, eg the cooking time 'window' would get larger and larger. I think for the Sachertorte in the final, the instructions said 'cook for between 30 mins & 1 hour' - and then it was up to you to choose when to take it out.
I mostly relied on hoping that I had cooked something at least similar to whatever the Technical Bake turned out to be. smile

GBBO2MAB Fri 31-Aug-12 19:28:04

marquesas: I'd say breadth of experience would be most important, rather than just using the judge's recipes - lots of different types of things.

I thought I had a pretty wide range myself, but I hadn't made specifically a lemon tart/focaccia/mille feuille/sachertorte - but I had made different kinds of pastry/various breads/a range of cakes - which certainly helped! grin

SerendipityAlways Fri 31-Aug-12 21:09:54

Vikingvagine - Just a very BIG THANK YOU for all your help with the multi toned icing problem I had last week! You very kindly did some research for me on MN for which I am very grateful! I'm delighted to report back that the birthday cake for my 12 year old DD was a great success! I went for the "fill one side of the icing bag with plain, 1 side with pink icing" option and the 2 tone rose finish looked great! All her friends were wondering how i did it! I apologise for not thanking you earlier but the party was only yesterday and this has literally been my first chance!

A big Hello also to Mary-Anne from last years GBBO. You were great favourite in our house Mary-Anne, especially with my 2 children (who I think wanted to secretly move into your kitchen!!) and we were all rooting for you in the final! Its lovely to now hear how you're getting on post GBBO!!

VikingVagine Fri 31-Aug-12 22:47:18


jammic Mon 03-Sep-12 23:12:03

Hi Mary-Anne! We were big supporters of yours last year! Glad you're doing well now.

Hmmm... Stuart's marzipan base on his tarte tatin seemed a bit random! I was surprised that they liked it so much...

NettOlympicSuperstar Tue 04-Sep-12 15:23:40

The cake I made from the new book didn't quite go according to plan!
Must try Mary Annes's melting moments, I think the mousse cake is a biot beyond my skill level!

Time to break the eggs and sift some flour!

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:07:27

Tortes! Also Cathryn has a very mumsnet collection of scarfs!

Yes, i noticed the red zebra scarf. Liked it a lot although I couldn't bake in it!

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:17:27

Stuart's already looks like hell.

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:17:33

I couldn't either. Love Sues fashion rundown!
James truffles look yummy smile
Liked the theory of just get Mary drunk as well. My kind of baking wink

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:19:01

Oh god Stu's looks awful

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:19:49

I'm always amazed how after all the mess we're shown and the 3 mins left they somehow manage to present perfect results.

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:20:01

John's looks awful, too.

Dani's looks fabulous.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:20:13

Not sure about the green tea.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:21:46

Brendan matched the clementines to his jumper.

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:23:19

Stuart's stuff always looks a mess.

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:23:53

coffee that just made me snort out loud !

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Sep-12 20:23:57

I think her with the brown bob is a mumsnetter. She's got the zebra scarf that everyone was raving about last year.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:24:20

I would happily eat that though, messy as.
And Dani's and James's.

Those tortes look amazing ...

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:26:23

Dani's turning it on.

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:26:39

Viva Definitely. It's the scarfs that give it away!

coffee me too. Can't believe I have sat down to watch this without any chocolate or cake in the house. Rookie mistake.

Dani's looked great. Yummy

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:30:29

I bought some M&S florentines.
And have a glass of wine handy!

VikingVagine Tue 04-Sep-12 20:31:20

Ah ha ha ha ha ha!

President Holland's nickname is Flanby.

Flanby is crème caramel.

I'm. Or sure why, but I find this amusing.

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:31:49

envy will have to stock up for next week !

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:32:34

Oh no.
James's caramel's too light.

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:32:58

Viking that is my favourite random fact of the week grin

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:35:34

Why are they going on about creme brûlée?
Completely different animal, that.
I might be wrong, but I never cook my custard for creme caramel.
Mix, pour, bake.
[throw in bin, because it's over baked, but that's another story]

VikingVagine Tue 04-Sep-12 20:36:34

Yeah, it's a flan, not a crème brûlée.

VikingVagine Tue 04-Sep-12 20:38:18


herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:38:28

A few look like scrambled eggs

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:41:30

Really don't like Stu.

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:41:38

Stuart needs to go.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:42:23

Oh, where is Sue?

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:43:11

I want Stuart to stay.

Those tortes looked great. I'd eat them all, even the messy onesblush

Ryan seems to be having a bit mare by his standards.

Brendan is channelling the 70's tonight what with his cake and winning the creme caramel - very 70's pud imo

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:47:56

Why? He sucks.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:48:54

No, he tries.
I don't know, I do like him.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:49:26

Someone has to.

VikingVagine Tue 04-Sep-12 20:49:37

John is a real scatterbrain isn't he?

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:52:17

According to John on Twitter, him, Cathryn, Sarah-Jane and Manisha were drunk together the night before. It's kind of showing! [getting a bit obsessed with GBBO emoticon]

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:52:28

They all try. He sucks.

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:53:37

John looks a bit rheumy and liverish.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:54:23

No, he's like me. I struggle with presentation.

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:56:29

But he's in a competition. And he's the suckiest of all of them.

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:57:47

Stuart has hangover eyes, too.

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:58:59


expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 20:59:18

Bye, Stuart.

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 20:59:26

Yay Stu's gone!

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 20:59:38

Ah well, I was fighting a loosing battle here.
Manisha's next.

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 21:00:05

Go Disco Brendan!

VikingVagine Tue 04-Sep-12 21:00:31

Dammit, I've got parents' evening next week.

I've only just realised Mel is missing this week blush

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 21:00:56


coffeeinbed Tue 04-Sep-12 21:02:24

I did ask.
Only I got her mixed up with Sue.
must lay off those florentines.

Shame. I liked Stuart too but he did make a bit of a mess of everything this week.

hiviolet Tue 04-Sep-12 23:15:40

I had a feeling John was hungover, he looked terrible!

LetUsPrey Tue 04-Sep-12 23:23:37

Think it was right that Stuart went. Loved that Brendan won star baker - he looked so emotional!

John made me laugh with his comments about wearing a lower cut vest top!

James is still my favouritesmile.

Bring on the pies!

expatinscotland Tue 04-Sep-12 23:25:46

Manisha or Ryan are next.

LetUsPrey Tue 04-Sep-12 23:38:56

Agree expatinscotland.

So who's left?

James, John, Sarah-Jane, Brendan, Danny, Manisha, Ryan, Cathryn.

I know very little about baking (other than eating the end results), but the general standard seems higher compared to last year. The stronger bakers from last year were I think more obvious from the beginning, whereas the field seems a bit wider this year.

Or I could be talking rubbish blush.

MinnieBar Wed 05-Sep-12 07:00:43

Stuart always has hungover/been swimming too long eyes. The man needs some Optrex! (other brands are available)

Just as Brendan was serving up his mandarin surprise whatsit, I actually said to DH 'it looks like something my mum would have done in the seventies' - just as MrH concurred…

really like Danny, as dh says,she seems the most normal.

VikingVagine Wed 05-Sep-12 15:15:36

Do we know more about Brendan's personal life yet or haven't they shown him at home?

expatinscotland Wed 05-Sep-12 15:34:48

Dani is really stepping up her game! I think she's encroaching into James' territory. Nooooooo! James to win! smile

ItMakesThePeasTasteFunny Wed 05-Sep-12 15:48:24

Top 3 - Danny, James and Brendan. Next to go - Manisha then Ryan. still a bit disappointed about Victoria though - it's a shame that one bad week can undo all the good before. Heigh ho - what do I know!

expatinscotland Wed 05-Sep-12 15:55:35

I agree. Brendan and Dani have really stepped up the competition. John's starting to falter big time.

coffeeinbed Wed 05-Sep-12 16:01:25

I agree. I do like both Dani and james.
Catheryn irritates me to no end, just as Brendan.
I think Manisha will go next.

VikingVagine Wed 05-Sep-12 16:17:46

Ah now Catheryn is growing on me.

expatinscotland Wed 05-Sep-12 16:19:35

I find Cathryn irritating, too.

I want James to marry my daughter if he's straight.

VikingVagine Wed 05-Sep-12 16:23:07

I think there's a waiting list for James! If he's not straight he can marry my DS.

Ephiny Wed 05-Sep-12 16:25:07

Cathryn annoyed me intensely for the first couple of episodes, then I realised it was because she reminds me of me. blush. She is growing on me now.

I thought the tortes looked delicious, and the meringue things too. I actually liked Brendan's supposedly-70's decoration, when I saw it I said 'ooh, pretty!' I don't see what was wrong with it at all!

NettOlympicSuperstar Wed 05-Sep-12 17:02:15

I didn't like much last night, but then I don't have a sweet tooth, don't like meringue, or nuts and think chocolate with fruit is a horrid combination.
Looking forward to pies next week, more savoury food, plus I've just bought a Le Creuset pie dish and bird!
I love James, and his cardigans, they look so warmgrin
He must win.

NettOlympicSuperstar Wed 05-Sep-12 17:14:25

Oh, and I've bagged him for my DD btw, so hands offgrin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Fri 07-Sep-12 10:31:18

I've changed my tune about James.

He's my new crush. blush

I'm WAY too old for him.

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 08-Sep-12 17:12:41

"John made me laugh with his comments about wearing a lower cut vest top!"

Oh god - does he not know any ladies of Mary's generation? More likely to hand him a jumper and tell him to get dressed. grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 08-Sep-12 17:43:44

John's chest made me feel sick anyway.

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 08-Sep-12 17:47:49

Me too - maybe he could borrow one of James' spare jumpers, come to think of it.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 08-Sep-12 17:48:49


James's chest doesn't make me feel sick. He cute. I luff him a little bit.


LetUsPrey Sun 09-Sep-12 09:56:36

I've just checked the BBC GBBO site. James is 21.

<stands behind LadyClarice in the cradlesnatching queue>

hiviolet Tue 11-Sep-12 14:28:16

Pie week! I remember watching (and failing to follow!) the pie episode when I was in labour with my daughter. She's one on Saturday grin

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 20:13:38

Blimey Sarah Jane.
What a disaster...

Smellslikecatspee Tue 11-Sep-12 20:14:42

Oh Sarah-Jane. . . sad

SandStorm Tue 11-Sep-12 20:14:59

Sorry if this has been asked before (not read the whole thread) but where's Mel G? She wasn't there last week and I haven't seen her yet tonight either. Is she okay?

SandStorm Tue 11-Sep-12 20:15:45

Oh, ignore me - there she is!

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 20:17:03

No, she seems fine.
`Eating some wellington right now...

Smellslikecatspee Tue 11-Sep-12 20:17:19

Ryan did well though

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 20:18:43

Giant sausage roll looked yummy!

Smellslikecatspee Tue 11-Sep-12 20:20:18

I do like the idea of the giant sausage roll with egg, great for picnic

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 20:32:40

James isn't doing that well this week.

Mind you none of the pies look that great.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 11-Sep-12 20:42:07

I love pumpkin pie. And key lime.

and now I'm hungry. envy

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 20:44:59

The peanut butter and chocolate one Cathryn is doing sounds yummy. She is having a good week

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 20:46:18

Manisha and Ryan are in trouble this week I think. My money is on Manisha going.

Smellslikecatspee Tue 11-Sep-12 20:54:38

I think Ryan's just saved himself

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 20:55:28

I wish Cathryn would stop making those faces.
I think it will be Manisha to go.
James wasn't too good today though.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Sep-12 20:55:34

Hello hello. Late to thread but have been watching... NO idea who will be crowned today... Brendan again?

VikingVagine Tue 11-Sep-12 20:55:53

I am beginning to love Catheryn!

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 20:55:55

Agree Ryan is in and Manisha is out. Was quite funny watching Cathryns face fall when her pie got judged.

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 20:57:54

I think I would have almost cried as well if Paul and Mary said my pie tasted crap!

From last in the technical to winning star baker. Go Ryan!

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Sep-12 20:58:15

Oh, and happy birthday hiviolet 's DD. May life bring you many pies, as well as cakes and breads.

FYI: no decent American baker would make a sweetcrust pastry on any of those pies. Pie pastry is flour, butter (or shortening), salt and cold water. In fact, none of those pies look American at all and it's driving me mad! And why have they used tart pans instead of pie pans? None of the pies have a top crust or crumble...have these people never seen a Martha Stewart magazine? I may have to write a letter of complaint to the BBC for their defaming of American pies.

Smellslikecatspee Tue 11-Sep-12 20:58:18

Oh bless him, he looks like he's going to cry. .

I think Manisha knew she was going

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 20:59:01

I'm baffled no one made apple pie.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Sep-12 20:59:22

Paul really liked the taste of Ryan's pie, didn't he? He's one for a brave flavour combo is old Salty Dog.

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 20:59:52

Strudel next week.
That means carnage...

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 21:00:13

Oh my god! Next week looks brutal!

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Sep-12 21:00:38

letsblowthistacostand please write that letter, and tell us what reply you get?!

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 21:00:58

Oh! hmm
din't mean it quite like this!

VikingVagine Tue 11-Sep-12 21:01:03

Flying pastry!

herethereeverywhere Tue 11-Sep-12 21:03:49

Blood, blood everywhere!

hopingtodrive Tue 11-Sep-12 21:04:17

hi everyone which channel is it on? i have a cold and i cant find it sad Boooo

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 21:04:43


VikingVagine Tue 11-Sep-12 21:04:51

Was on BBC2.

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 21:05:47

I think they said they wanted an open pie.
Or did I imagine that?

hopingtodrive Tue 11-Sep-12 21:06:16

has it finished? oh noes sad iplAyer for me then

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 21:06:59

Then again, most of the so called pies tonight were tarts.
I don't know what the difference is, but I do know a tart when I see it.

Yes they were all tarts. You can tell because they used TART PANS.

heather1980 Tue 11-Sep-12 21:09:34

LETSBLOW- Martha stewart is not really famous here in the UK and i've never seen her magazine on sale.

coffeeinbed Tue 11-Sep-12 21:10:17

Good pie.

I realize that Heather, but you are not on a TV show being asked to make an American-style pie, are you? If asked to imagine a pie you would get in the US, would you think of the ones on the program or the ones in the link? And MS Living is available in WHSmith.

BigHairyFlowers Tue 11-Sep-12 21:22:32

I am deeply traumatised by James' "I am about to cry" face. sad

TwoIfBySea Tue 11-Sep-12 22:04:48

Heather, Martha Stewart Living is in WH Smiths usually near all the "nice houses" magazines. It makes me feel very inadequate!

I bought her Cupcake book from The Book People, after working out the Americanisms we've made a few but only a few as they are very moreish and very creamy, yummy, ooh. Best made when lots of people will be there so you don't end up making a portly pig of yourself.

I noticed that a few of Cathryn's "tips" are in that book.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 11-Sep-12 22:09:07

(American here, too) I'm not all that upset over their use of tart pans- surely those are far more widely available than a proper American-style pie plate here. In fact, the last time I made key lime pies, I had to make one of them in my tart pan. I only have one American pie plate, and that is one I imported myself. smile

And tbh there's only a couple of US-style pies I bother to make over here: key lime, and pumpkin. I'm far more fond of cakes and cookies. grin

Might have to make the pumpkin one for Halloweensmile

hiviolet Tue 11-Sep-12 22:38:40

When I think of American pies I think of the ones I've seen on Man V Food! Basically pastry bases with some sort of pudding filling topped with about two feet of whipped cream.

Thanks for the baby birthday wishes Hazel! GBBO really inspires me to bake All The Things for her birthday tea, but I think a layer cake, a dozen cupcakes and some sort of bread will be my limit.

Looks like next week's episode is quite dramatic! Was it John who was injured? I'm guessing Danny turned out to be useful.

LetUsPrey Tue 11-Sep-12 23:56:04

Just watched it.

Agree that James's little face when he looked like he was going to cry made me want to give him a big hug. He wasn't wearing one of his jumpers. He needs to be wearing a jumper. I think they have magical baking properties. Hope he improves next week.

SophySinclair Wed 12-Sep-12 00:24:46

Cathryn gets on my tits last nerve.

I like Brendan. <waves pompoms>

Bilbobagginstummy Wed 12-Sep-12 06:16:06

Brendan is excellent, but I find him a bit creepy. Sorry, Brendan.

ALittleScatterOfRain Wed 12-Sep-12 10:49:30

John's (it was John, wasn't it?) finger didn't look great did it? I couldn't work out why he was wearing latex gloves though, they don't usually do they?

WipsGlitter Wed 12-Sep-12 21:28:19

I think they put the gloves on to stem the blood flow. Danny had them on too.

Shakes Brendan Pom-poms.

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Wed 12-Sep-12 23:01:13

Team Brendan/James right here!

Gigondas Wed 12-Sep-12 23:04:16

greeneggs (or anyone else) got a good pumpkin pie recipe as I am still to find one? This episode reminded me.

TwoIfBySea Wed 12-Sep-12 23:17:03

You could try this although I've not made it so can't vouch, pumpkin pie tends to be a bit sickly sweet so small slices I think! Unless you have an ultra sweet tooth!

GreenEggsAndNichts Wed 12-Sep-12 23:40:55

Certainly that recipe sounds very sweet. shock Have done a quick search, this is the no-frills recipe many of us make for Thanksgiving, no sugar but gets sweetness from the condensed milk. It's the bog standard one you find on the tin of pumpkin. I personally quite like it, and one of the things I like is that it's not that sweet. Well, certainly not compared to the pecan pie which is often also served at our Thanksgiving meal!

I realise those measurements aren't terribly helpful here, you can tick the 'metric' box and get the proper weight of the tinned pumpkin, for example.

The traditional pie sets like a thick custard, it's actually one of the few times I've recommend a tin of pumpkin over cooking my own fresh, as the tinned version has had some moisture removed.

If you like pumpkin pie flavour but don't like the texture, pumpkin cheesecake is very nice (doesn't need those pecans on top, though). Use crushed digestive biscuits instead of graham cracker crumbs for the base; the taste is similar.

SerendipityAlways Thu 13-Sep-12 13:01:58

Hi - Anyone know where I could get the recipe for the Key Lime Pie with ginger that Ryan made the other night on GBBO? Its not on the website. Many thanks! smile

Gigondas Thu 13-Sep-12 14:29:50

Great recipes -thanks smile

GreenEggsAndNichts Thu 13-Sep-12 14:53:14

Serendipity According to the FB page, it's in the new cookbook they're marketing, GBBO Showstoppers. I assume it'll be online at some point..

SerendipityAlways Thu 13-Sep-12 15:59:10

Greeneggs - Thanks! I've found a bbc good food one for the moment so am going to try that at home this evening smile

GreenEggsAndNichts Thu 13-Sep-12 16:55:18

oh nice one! I've just found one with crushed ginger nuts as the crust, that sounds very nice. smile

I love key lime pie!

VikingVagine Thu 13-Sep-12 18:54:44

The book is also available on Kindle and it's actually alright.

WingDefence Tue 18-Sep-12 14:05:37

Look at the clip from tonight - it all looks like it's going a bit haywire!

Clip from tonight's episode

And there's John's accident to look forward to watch out for!


GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 18-Sep-12 20:05:10

Hello everyone! Puddings ahoy!

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:11:49

They keep hinting at Bradon's sexuality and it's annoying me.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 18-Sep-12 20:14:32

DH decided he needed to have a conversation right this minute so I missed any refs to Bradon's sexuality. or anything else. Cept that dropped pudding. sad

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 18-Sep-12 20:20:12

Like chewing on a piece of card. grin

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:20:19

Someone didn't get any hanky panky this week.

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:22:19

What was that strange noise Catheryn just made?

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:23:23

Not sure, but my (13yo) pupils make it regularly...

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:26:03


hopingtodrive Tue 18-Sep-12 20:27:15

y do mary and paul come in for the blind bake in the beginning. they shdnt come at all. i find it very silly that they are asked to leave every time

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 18-Sep-12 20:30:51

I don't know, but I like watching their interaction with each other more than I like Mel and Sue together. blasphemy, I know.

hugoagogo Tue 18-Sep-12 20:30:59

I am I the only person who does not know what a 'queen of puddings' is? confused

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:35:46

Dani's doing well.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 18-Sep-12 20:36:57

I'm not originally from the UK. I'd never seen it on a menu before moving here. I do see it often here in places which seem to attract an older clientele. grin

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:37:00

Oh blimey.
Brendan again.
I just don't like him.

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:41:24

Stop the press, Mary berry buys ready made pastry!!!

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:43:48

James dared rubbish Paul, oh dear.

hopingtodrive Tue 18-Sep-12 20:44:23

oh no what a shame abt cathryns dough.

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:45:19

got distracted by a glass of wine.
Was that someone actually piercing their raisins?

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:48:47

Yeah, James wanted them to absorb as much moisture as possible.

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:49:39

He's lost it.

hopingtodrive Tue 18-Sep-12 20:50:54

brendan's looks really good

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:52:36

It didn't need the pastry fishnet though.

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:54:44

Oh I don't know, I'm quite fond of fishnets.

HoleyCow Tue 18-Sep-12 20:56:15

Oh no! Not James please.

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:56:45


coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:57:27

Dani was so much better.
Go away Brendan.

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:57:46


hopingtodrive Tue 18-Sep-12 20:58:15


coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 20:58:20

So, who's out next week then?
Sarah-Jane, I'm afraid.

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:58:29

Oh god next week is going to be hard to watch!

VikingVagine Tue 18-Sep-12 20:59:54

Unless they turn it around completely, it's going to be John and Mary-Jane.

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 21:03:23

James has to stop piercing his raisins and see the bigger picture.

expatinscotland Tue 18-Sep-12 21:05:09

Danny was robbed!

coffeeinbed Tue 18-Sep-12 21:10:21

She had some sponge issues, mind you.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 18-Sep-12 21:26:15

I really couldn't concentrate on the baking this week, I was sitting there behind a cushion just waiting for the blood! Think I will have to watch it again on Sunday.

dementedma Tue 18-Sep-12 21:32:50

Can't decide if I like Brendan or not,but he is good! Do Paul and Mary say anything other than "good flavour", "soggy bottom" and "good bake"

Jude89 Tue 18-Sep-12 21:33:07

he put his hand in the magimix? -Numpty.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 18-Sep-12 21:38:16

Paul does say 'I don't like it!' quite alot. If he came round here and said that about something I'd baked for him, there's every possibility he'd end up wearing it.

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Tue 18-Sep-12 21:41:28

Did we get a glimpse of Brendan's boyfriend at the beginning?

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 18-Sep-12 21:51:53

The mystery man with the dog?

Bilbobagginstummy Tue 18-Sep-12 21:52:28

I was laughing so much at the bit where Cathryn was bewailing the bits on her dough: "but I can't feed Paul & Mary green carpet!!". Classic. Best line of the series (so far).

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Tue 18-Sep-12 21:58:13


Mary was properly flirting with him as well!

dementedma Tue 18-Sep-12 22:01:04

DS thinks Mary fancies Brendan. DB tweeted that Brendan is the queen of puddings!

jammic Tue 18-Sep-12 22:12:40

I feel disappointed. What an anti-climax!

LetUsPrey Tue 18-Sep-12 23:48:27

Phew! James lives to bake another day. He really needs to pull his finger out, or is that John - boom boom, and get some brilliant bakes in. I can't cope with seeing his little face all teary and upset. Although that would present an opportunity to comfort him I suppose ...

Don't mind that Brendan got star baker. I think he deserved it.

I thought Mary and Paul were going to start duelling with rolling pins at one point!

southerlygale Tue 18-Sep-12 23:57:47

Phew that was a close one for James. He had his lucky jumper on and survived though.

WingDefence Wed 19-Sep-12 10:23:51

Talking of James, here is his blog and a lovely behind-the-scenes article about those jumpers!

There's another thread on here about whether Cathryn is a MNer and someone has linked to a lot of the current contestants' blogs.

Orenishii Wed 19-Sep-12 18:26:04

I thought Cathryn really showed another side of herself this week, and it wasn't hugely pleasant! The first bake - the suet puddings I think? - Paul didn't like hers and she said very petulantly and incredulously: you don't like these either?!

Then she gave him daggers, with her head down and eyes up, so it kind of made her look a bit weird, all the while that Mary was talking to her! Re-watch it, check it out! It might have been just filmed/edited weirdly but it really made the whole disingenuous "Oh I'm just no good - oh I am good? Yay!" schtick appear very false.

expatinscotland Wed 19-Sep-12 18:27:21

Cathryn's a smug, simpering mare. Her little modesty act is getting old.

WipsGlitter Wed 19-Sep-12 20:00:42

I find her really annoying plus shes all false modesty, but she doesn't need to be as she's not that good.

I luffs Brendan, he looks genuinely happy to be named star baker.

LetUsPrey Wed 19-Sep-12 20:56:02

Just been having a look at James's blog and the GBBO drinking game. Don't think I'll be trying that on a week night. I'd be gone by about 15 minutes ingrin

I've just followed him on Twitter but have stepped away from the blog and Twitter because I've actually had a little drink tonight and don't want to make a complete muppet of myself and tweet him something stupidblush

Thought the "evils" that Cathryn shot Paul were hilarious!

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Wed 19-Sep-12 21:52:50

If it was the Great British EvilEyes Off, they could have just sent everyone else home last night. I was scared

LetUsPrey Wed 19-Sep-12 22:20:29

Apologies if someone's already linked to this, but actual hyperventilating and crying with laughter, and I'm only two paragraphs in on the blog for the first episode

MinnieBar Wed 19-Sep-12 23:30:41

Oh now I'll definitely be going 'sta-sta-sta-star baker' to the tune of Boney M next week…

TwoIfBySea Wed 19-Sep-12 23:49:55

LetUsPrey that is absolutely genius, I am going to giggle for days over the sentence about "Sarah-Jane's diseased beef curtain" but of course they mean her beef wellington from last show, what else?

<snorts with laughter like a 13 year old schoolgirl>

BartletForTeamGB Thu 20-Sep-12 14:19:10

Letuspray, thank you so much for that!

LetUsPrey Thu 20-Sep-12 19:35:56

All credit is due to the poster who linked to it last year for the blogs Monk Seal does for Strictly Come Dancing, but you're welcomegrin

expatinscotland Thu 20-Sep-12 20:33:54

I can't believe so many people have fallen for Cathryn's scared-mouse-feel-sorry-for-me-false-modesty-BS-act.

She is the most irritating voice in the world and is fake as plastic.

GreenEggsAndNichts Thu 20-Sep-12 20:45:53

expat that is precisely how I feel about her. Incredibly fake, lots of obvious lip biting ohmygosh I'm so worried about my perfect-looking cake not being perfect.

You can tell she actually thinks she's done a decent job because when they do say oh actually, this isn't very nice, she immediately looks defensive. Not resigned, because she was expecting it, but surprised, defensive and a bit irritated.

And this week, when she finally had a proper reason to worry (dumping the pastry on the floor) we didn't see a single lip bite. She had a fairly calm face, with a bit of genuine worry behind it.

Yes I'm overthinking this but I don't care. grin I don't get the love for her. I only even slightly changed my mind about her this week with her response to Sarah Jane's wittering on about how she was going to blame her for the pastry mishap.

expatinscotland Thu 20-Sep-12 20:49:42

She's full of it and that little girl voice is beyond annoying.

Really like Danny, and John, though he was pretty foolish to put his hand into a Magimix.

James, too.

hiviolet Fri 21-Sep-12 11:15:42

I'm actually warming to Cathryn, although the "little me" thing still grates.

Orenishii Fri 21-Sep-12 11:46:18

I'm warming to her now she's let the perfect mask slip and there's potentially an Evil Cathryn underneath grin

TwoIfBySea Sat 22-Sep-12 01:04:26

Can't believe James didn't put his Clootie dumplings in the oven, that's why he didn't get the skin on it. Need a good few hours, well, all day to cook the perfect dumpling - I use my great-grandmother's recipe and she was a fearsome highlander so no arguing!

Cathryn, still can't stand her, exactly what has been said, that whole "oh you don't like that one either" as though she was above their criticism. Think she saw the wan wittering of Jo from last year and thought that is how you win. Oh dearie me and my perfect cakes.

I want Danny to win, I think she's fab! Can't bear Cathryn, very irritating woman!

hiviolet Sat 22-Sep-12 19:06:38

I found Holly quite irritating last series, thought she was a bit too perfect and show offy, but I've changed my tune since finding her website. It's called Recipes From A Normal Mum and I want to bake pretty much everything grin I feel bad for disliking her now!

expatinscotland Sat 22-Sep-12 19:34:28

Definitely Danny to win!

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 22-Sep-12 20:00:31

I would like to see Danny win but I think Brendan will. I can't feel any enthusiasm for him, though.

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 22-Sep-12 20:11:14

I really like Danny and I do hope she wins.

However, ever since someone posted their websites above, I have to admit, Brendan's looks pretty flash. Like, he's got someone backing it kinda flash. And hers isn't. (It's nice! Don't get me wrong!) So is that just to throw us off, or is it simply because Brendan is more the type to make a fancy website and she isn't?



Hmmmm I guess Brendan's probably got more time than Danny to devote to making a website. I've warmed to him a lot as the series as progressed.

coffeeinbed Sat 22-Sep-12 20:37:35

Oh no!!

It could mean that he's won and therefore has backing for a flash website!

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 22-Sep-12 20:48:13

I don't hate him. I don't think he's going to eat my liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti, like some. grin I actually dislike Cathryn a whole lot more, but suspect she'll be gnawing away at her lip around a few weeks longer at least.

coffeeinbed Sat 22-Sep-12 20:53:56

I don't hate him.
Would not want him near my liver though.
Fava beans or not.

ppeatfruit Tue 25-Sep-12 16:11:12

I've been away from a telly so missed last week's can't wait for tonight's.Cathryn does have a sense of entitlement about her; she WON'T win I hope!! I also hope that whatis name Brendan doesn't win (who's too professional IMO) there's something a bit yeuch about him.

Come on danny!!!!! Has james gone? he's not too bad better than slime ball Brendan; that key lime pie YUMMY.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 25-Sep-12 16:26:56

Cathryn is fake fake fake (unlike Jo last year, who was genuinely a bit low on confidence. Loved her).

Liked Danny at the start, but she's v hard on herself and, worse by far, was a bit snippy with Mel last week, and you don't act nasty to Mel and Sue and stay friends with me for long <<squares up>>.

Like Brendan. V quiet, works hard, was genuinely touched at being made star baker, and I'm sure he has a lovely waspish sense of humour.

James is still in it, ppeatfruit. But I think the Key lime pie was Ryan ...

Orangeena Tue 25-Sep-12 16:52:24

Ppeatfruit,noone left last week-John injured himself badly by sticking his hand in the magimixhmm so they felt that because of all the drama etc they would leave it till this week and evict two people instead!

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 25-Sep-12 17:21:50

Bit nervous about this week. I have a sneaking feeling that yummy James has to raise his game or it's curtains. If only one person was to be kicked off I'd think he was safer, but with two evictions ...

<<hides behind cushions>>

PS did John actually stick his hand in the Magimix? I was giving him the benefit of the doubt by thinking he'd cut himself with a knife.

Orangeena Tue 25-Sep-12 17:24:15

Have just seen that Brendan will be running courses soon ,just like Jo Wheatly does. No details up on his website yet about the courses but asking people to email if interested-does this mean he has won it I wonder?confused.

Orenishii Tue 25-Sep-12 20:09:48

Is Mary wearing a flowery BOMBER jacket??

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:11:21

Cathryn definitely flirting with the silver fox and it is reciprocated wink

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 25-Sep-12 20:13:12

boo I missed it. Am here now tho!

expatinscotland Tue 25-Sep-12 20:18:16

Can't stand Cathryn.

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:19:37

Yay Danni did well!

expatinscotland Tue 25-Sep-12 20:21:03

Shit. James cocked up.

expatinscotland Tue 25-Sep-12 20:21:38

Love Danny.

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:25:25

So do I expat, she is talented.

coffeeinbed Tue 25-Sep-12 20:32:58

I don't think Cathryn's and Danni's oil was hot enough.

SecretNutellaFix Tue 25-Sep-12 20:33:46

Some oil didn't seem to be hot enough, I agree.

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:36:54

Cathryn is an attention seeker but glad Danni and James did well.

coffeeinbed Tue 25-Sep-12 20:37:21

Ok, was wrong about Danni's.
Hate those faces Cathryn keeps making.

ILovePonyo Tue 25-Sep-12 20:39:49

Loved Danny grinning at Ryan when his buns were being praised grin

Yes, I second that question, what is it that Mary is wearing?

My eyes keep slipping off it, I can't see!

expatinscotland Tue 25-Sep-12 20:40:31

Danny and James on a roll here. Cathryn, arguing with Paul, not a good idea.

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:46:10

Why do they wear the same clothes the next day?

expatinscotland Tue 25-Sep-12 20:46:32

Maul Cathryn, Paul! Yes!

God that bloody Cathryn does my head in...

I have a theory about that, munchkins. Maybe it's so that if they need to film wee "fillers" and "reactions" they can do them the second day even for reaction to first day events?

coffeeinbed Tue 25-Sep-12 20:49:51

Buns in the oven!
Was waiting for this...
So, Sarah Jane will be one, who's the second to go?

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:51:03

Ah maybe, I was wondering if they were doing a Strictly "sunday" night trick on us!

expatinscotland Tue 25-Sep-12 20:53:18

Sarah-Jane and Ryan probably gone.

coffeeinbed Tue 25-Sep-12 20:54:49

Jamas looks iffy as well..

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:55:14

Danni's buns looks yum!

NorbertDentressangle Tue 25-Sep-12 20:59:39

OMG! There was a resounding cry of "What!?! hmm" from our sofas when Brendan just produced that replica of St Pauls Cathedral (or whatever it was) out of cake.

WTF. Did he get an extra week to create his masterpiece?

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 25-Sep-12 21:02:11

Ah, poor Sarah Jane, she is sweet.

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 25-Sep-12 21:06:06

No he just had the right tin for the job.

Shame about Ryan. sad

expatinscotland Tue 25-Sep-12 21:10:13

Danny finally recognised!

Next week, barring catastrophe, James, John and Cathryn in the hot seats.

Bilbobagginstummy Tue 25-Sep-12 21:13:35

John should go before James.

dementedma Tue 25-Sep-12 21:17:13

I love John, he makes me laugh

squoosh Tue 25-Sep-12 21:31:39

Cathryn does that Lady Diana doe eyed thing of peering up through her lashes at Paul. Dying to get her mitts on his enriched loaf wink

I'll miss Sarah Jane and Ryan, they were both lovely. Paul really like Ryan too, he was always urging him on.

Unlike with Danny . . . . . he still doesn't like Danny.

I like Serial Killer Brendan and Witty Asides John best.

VikingVagine Tue 25-Sep-12 22:09:22

Surprised John isn't out. I must be the only person here who isn't enthusiastic about Danny.

squoosh Tue 25-Sep-12 22:12:49

Fear not Viking, Danny is my least favourite remaining contestant.

In fact she was my least favourite remaining contestant since the start of the series grin

Katisha Tue 25-Sep-12 22:19:11

Brendan is definitely in Slytherin.

LetUsPrey Tue 25-Sep-12 22:51:45

I was a bit nervous for James after the first round but he did himself a massive favour by coming first in the technical bake. He really needs to up his game in a big way though if he wants to stay in. Paul seems to have gone off him.

Think it was right that Sarah Jane and Ryan went, but it was close for John.

I like Brendan but still find it difficult to warm to Danny. Cathryn was annoying me tonight with her "doughnuts of doom" comments, etc.

squoosh Tue 25-Sep-12 22:56:44

James never bakes anything that looks lip smacking.

There's a lot of brown and things that look like they'd keep your bowels in good health, but nothing toothsome.

hiviolet Wed 26-Sep-12 09:45:01

Totally agree squoosh!

I lolled at Cathryn when Paul asked to see her brioche dough, and she hissed "Do you HAVE to?" (or works to that effect). The face on her! If looks could kill grin

Ryan definitely had to go tonight. That Liam hardly looked like a showstopper. In fact, most of the bakes looked too ordinary to be showstoppers, bar Brendan and Danny.

hiviolet Wed 26-Sep-12 09:45:50

That Liam? That loaf! Bloody autocorrect grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 26-Sep-12 10:05:20

squoosh, how about that gorgeous rose, raspberry and lychee tart thingy James made? I'd love a go at that and one with James

ppeatfruit Wed 26-Sep-12 11:20:59

HOORAY Danni best baker!!! Okay lady hello btw smile who made the delightful key lime pie? I'm sure twas James; yes I like him too; best of a not very handsome lot of males IMO.

Oh thanks for the info orangeena smile

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 26-Sep-12 11:26:24

Hi ppeatfruit! It was Ryan.

My favourite recipe from James is this tart. Yum

ppeatfruit Wed 26-Sep-12 12:24:41

Yes I see Lady Thanks, shame he's gone but I can't get that digusting pork loaf out of my mind yeuchgrin; the problem with James's is you'd need to taste it to know how well all those flavours blended or didn't IYKWIM. I go for simplicity, who do reckon'l win then?

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 26-Sep-12 14:24:17

That pork bun could have been so good as well.

I liked the look of James's doughnuts, and that's not a euphemism.

Brendan to win, probably. John must go next week. He's lost the plot.

ppeatfruit Wed 26-Sep-12 17:21:54

Noooooo Not Brendon shock agree he's good but there's something too good about him like he's a pro or something. Agree about John.

squoosh Wed 26-Sep-12 17:25:36

Well John definitely isn't 'too good' wink

I do like him though . . . . . just not as much as Brendan.

ppeatfruit Wed 26-Sep-12 17:32:54

Did John put his hand in a mixer while it was running? DUH (i know I sound unsympathetic but really this is a BAKING show FFS!!!)

VikingVagine Wed 26-Sep-12 17:40:52

I don't think it was running, but he cut himself on the still blade, easily done.

HiHowAreYou Wed 26-Sep-12 17:58:49

Yes I think John to go next week too. Shame, because he's quite funny.

That gingerbread building task next week looks ridiculous!

squoosh Wed 26-Sep-12 18:00:18

Brendan will built a scale model of Versailles, the rest of them will have some tatty Swiss cottage.

LetUsPrey Wed 26-Sep-12 19:53:39

I am worried about James's gingerbread house next week. On the little trail thing it looked like he was having some problems with it. <frets>

dementedma Wed 26-Sep-12 20:02:32

Brendan's gingerbread mansion will be epic, with a west wing and servants quarters. Ooh, let's combine my two favorite telly addict threads and have the cast of downton abbey move into Brendan's gingerbread stately home!

VikingVagine Wed 26-Sep-12 20:17:45

Catheryn looked like she was building a gingerbread cathedral. The one in the book is a small cosy cottage, so we'll have to see who's making something reasonable, because theirs wins.

TwoIfBySea Thu 27-Sep-12 00:31:23

Looks like Sarah-Jane and Catheryn have teamed up.

Liked Sarah-Jane, still don't like Catheryn.

ppeatfruit Thu 27-Sep-12 08:23:17

DH once bought a build it yrself gingerbread house for the DCs from Germany it was like highly sweetened cardboard with lumps of solid sugar icing which like stone; even they couldn't build it or eat it, it was VILE!!!!

ppeatfruit Thu 27-Sep-12 08:25:14

I meant to say 'were' like stone!

Snorbs Thu 27-Sep-12 08:59:16

I can see Brendan winning but I'd be really disappointed if he did. He gives me the impression that he took up baking because he decided he needed a hobby and randomly chose that as it was indoor work with no heavy lifting. Sure, technically he's very competent but there's no passion for making good food there that I can see, it's all about what would score the most points.

By contrast, Danny and John and Sarah Jane and Ryan and the rest seemed to do baking because they enjoyed it and had fun creating new things that they and their family and friends would enjoy.

Jux Thu 27-Sep-12 09:19:36

Like Brendon. Was really sorry that Sarah-Jane went last night (That was when I watched it - have studiously avoided this thread until I could catch up).

The building of buildings looks completely over the top, and rather silly.

There wasn't really anything that notable in the last ep, except I've decided I don't really like Paul. As far as I was concerned his doughnuts are overdone grin

squoosh Thu 27-Sep-12 09:37:15

Brendan should win because he is streets ahead of everyone else.

To me it seems as if he is completely passionate about baking. He has so much knowledge, he isn't coy and giggly that's for sure, I find it quite refreshing. He doesn't need to do all that lip biting and 'ooohh this is going to be a disaster' that Catheryn some of the others carry on with.

ppeatfruit Thu 27-Sep-12 13:51:56

I agree with snorbs there's something a bit 'i'm slumming it here but i may as well give it a go even though I'm miles better than all these nobodies' about Brendan; the most enjoyable best bit [grin[ was when he did something wrong and was actually challenged grin.

coffeeinbed Thu 27-Sep-12 14:07:54

Ah, Sarah Jane and Cathryn are mumsnetters - they did this thing on that blog - with the brackets, like the strike out here, except with brackets.
Also, it means Cathryn has not won because then she would have been doing stuff on her own.

ppeatfruit Thu 27-Sep-12 14:28:58

Oh dear I wonder how long THAT will last grin I don't reckon I could work with Cathryn a bit OCD for me; Sarah Jane seems too nice. Praps I ought to scrub this if they're on here blush.

renaldo Thu 27-Sep-12 16:39:02

I love Danny , she is a proper baker, with a real job too. Brendan is joyless and pernicity

flippinada Thu 27-Sep-12 18:35:52

I've been resisting so far but i can't any more.

Danny is definitely my favourite. I like Brendan too - don't get why some people think he's creepy? I think one of those two will win.

Cathryn - I think she's definitely a lot sharper than she's letting on. Look stage way she argues with Paul.

James and John are good but not quite good enough to win.

Oh, and my DS thinks Paul and Mary have the best job in the world.

flippinada Thu 27-Sep-12 18:36:45

Look stage = look at the. Bloody smart phone.

flippinada Thu 27-Sep-12 18:52:58

I feel the need to defend Brendan here. He did say earlier in the series that he helped his sisters out with cooking when their Mum died, and really enjoyed it but he wasn't "allowed" cos such things weren't approved of in his family.

So I reckon it's his way of rebelling and saying up yours.

Saying all that I would love it if Danny wind just cos she seems such a lovely genuine person who also happens to be a great baker.

As you can see, I like this show way too much grin.

HiHowAreYou Fri 28-Sep-12 07:45:40

I feel bad for Brendan too, everyone picking on him. Poor chap.
I do prefer Danny myself, but I don't see where he's done anything wrong!

ppeatfruit Fri 28-Sep-12 08:15:07

No he 's not done anything wrong! Too perfect! I want DANNY TO WIN!!!!!! She's class and has no 'side' to her.

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 28-Sep-12 14:54:35

Brendan is definitely committed: he's cooking his way through something like 96 different varieties of bread - as a project.
He is very good. But it's TV as well as a baking competition and he's not such good TV - unfortunately for him.

herethereeverywhere Fri 28-Sep-12 16:10:26

I like Brendan now I follow him on twitter. He is just so lovely and he wants to introduce baking classes into retirement homes. What more do you want? grin

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 28-Sep-12 17:40:14

I LOVE Brendan, and don't get all the haterz. He's very passionate, and quite self-contained, but not everyone needs to be blubbing all the time to make good tv.

VikingVagine Fri 28-Sep-12 17:57:47

I think he comes across really well on tv. <shrugs>

I'd love him to win, but I think he's too good, and that ultimately the judges won't be able to say how well he's progressed blahdyblah and well he will progress in the future.

shock Viking! Should they not weed out people who are TOO GOOD at the research stage?!!

VikingVagine Fri 28-Sep-12 18:33:56

They need a few really god ones to accentuate the others' progress.

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 28-Sep-12 19:09:28

C+P'ed from popbitch:

"Ryan (GBBO) initially wanted to go on Masterchef but the form was too hard and he thought he had a better chance on The Bake Off. that's why he appears to know fuck all about baking. because he does. (someone I know met him at an event)"

LetUsPrey Fri 28-Sep-12 20:06:51

This week's Might Mighty Monk Seal grin

I still want James to win but unless he improves a lot, I don't think he will.

Jux Fri 28-Sep-12 20:11:05

I don't know whether popbitch means he does know about baking or he doesn't! grin

ppeatfruit Sat 29-Sep-12 11:57:45

But P & M said Ryan's Key Lime Pie was the best they'd ever tasted and it looked amazing; surely the auditions would've weeded out the too good and the no good.
I spose it depends on what they want the show to be like.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 29-Sep-12 12:37:40

'I can see Brendan winning but I'd be really disappointed if he did. He gives me the impression that he took up baking because he decided he needed a hobby and randomly chose that as it was indoor work with no heavy lifting.'


Brendan wanted a career in cheffing/baking but 'circumstances' meant that he couldn't. I think he said early in the series that he had to just find a job to make money to support his family, and his dream got away from him.

Seriously, hands off Brendan everyone <<rolls up sleeves>> grin

ppeatfruit Sat 29-Sep-12 13:11:18

Okay okay lady!! grin I guess it's 'cos he's not handsome or youngish and not passionate enough in "a good on T.V. way" maybe?

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 29-Sep-12 13:37:34

I think he's passionate about his cooking, and I like the flashes of his sense of humour that you see every now and then. He's quiet and unassuming; quite an old-fashioned chap.

Having said that, of course I actually want my crush James to win. But he won't, so Brendan's my second choice smile.

flippinada Sat 29-Sep-12 14:18:43

<joins arms with all Brendan-ites in solidarity>

I'm sure I read a 'meet the bakers' article for GBBO where Brendan mentioned a contestant who came in every day on the bake off saying how good they were and that they were going to win, but I can't find it anywhere.

Wonder who it was (please not Danny!)

Loving the Mighty Mighty Monk Seal blog, it's hilarious grin

VikingVagine Sat 29-Sep-12 14:42:24

Brendon's got a fabulous sense of humour, and yes, he's of a certain age, but he looks like a flipping spring chicken next to Mary.

<dons Brendon bage>

LetUsPrey Sat 29-Sep-12 15:33:59

<sits next to LadyClarice >

James and his knitwear for the win. Failing that, which looks likely, Brendan to win.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 29-Sep-12 15:56:21


Lovely James. He can fry my doughnuts any time.

hiviolet Sat 29-Sep-12 16:05:04

I'd love to read that article if you can find it flippinada

(My DD is called Ada grin)

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sat 29-Sep-12 18:07:43

James definitely kneads my dough.


LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 29-Sep-12 18:36:56

<<feels a game coming on>>

James makes my buns rise.

LetUsPrey Sat 29-Sep-12 18:52:22

I bet I could get a rise out of James grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 29-Sep-12 18:55:04

He can sandwich my victoria any time he wants.

LetUsPrey Sat 29-Sep-12 19:04:47

I want to say something about licking but I think it might be a bit rudewink

dementedma Sat 29-Sep-12 20:27:52

I prefer john to James - he's very witty and self effacing.

coffeeinbed Sat 29-Sep-12 20:40:14

I'm going off James.
As for Brendan - no, he can look after orphaned kittens while wrapping them up in cotton wool and feeding them some formula milk and I'll still won't like him.

expatinscotland Sat 29-Sep-12 20:51:27

Eeeww! James is a boy. I'd like to see my daughter married to him, though.

Realy like Danny! Danny to win.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 29-Sep-12 22:36:41

I don't like John or his dress sense. Think he's a bit bitchy [pot] [kettle]

I'll happily lick James's spoon, boy or not.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sat 29-Sep-12 22:54:38

James can whip my meringues grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 29-Sep-12 22:59:11

I'd love him to fill my tart case.

Right. Enough!

Night all.

James is 2 years younger than me... Yummy!!!!

[Could say a million dirty things about him and his lovely Jumpers]

squoosh Sun 30-Sep-12 01:54:29

James is so very, very boring.

Why do people fancy him? Do people actually fancy him or it it a case of 'oh he wears glasses and ugly jumpers, he's so . . . . . like . . . . quirky'.


ppeatfruit Sun 30-Sep-12 09:15:00

Does anyone think that along with Brendan and John .James might bat for the other side ? grin(ducks the flames) shock. No he's not fanciable just the best of a not very inspiring lot as I said upthread. yeah Danny to win!!!!!!

VikingVagine Sun 30-Sep-12 09:31:17

I think John bats for both sides actually! Not sure about James though.

herethereeverywhere Sun 30-Sep-12 09:45:09

James has a girlfriend. Brendan invited them both round for dinner on twitter << yes I know, I need to get out more>>

HiHowAreYou Sun 30-Sep-12 10:58:56

I can't see why everyone fancies James either.
He seems a bit... worthy?

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sun 30-Sep-12 11:11:45

No, I don't like James because I think he's 'quirky'. He's cute. He cooks. Enough said.

ppeatfruit Sun 30-Sep-12 12:47:25

He wears nice sweaters......grin No he does seem a nice bloke I'll give you that lady

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sun 30-Sep-12 12:56:38

Oh and, yes, James did mention his girlfriend on the show the other night dang.

flippinada Sun 30-Sep-12 14:24:32

hiviolet Here's the link I mentioned earlier - from the radio times

meet the contestants

flippinada Sun 30-Sep-12 14:29:47

I can see why people like James in an aw-how-sweet-and-he-makes-cakes-too way but no to fancying.

I'm following GBBO on facebook too and there's lots of 'Paul Hollywood can put his buns in MY oven oooer' type comments. I don't get it, personally.

For me it's just about the baking.

VikingVagine Sun 30-Sep-12 14:34:14

I like James's accent.

flippinada Sun 30-Sep-12 14:40:29

He does have a nice accent but it's more neutral-Scotland-posh than anything else. Not that there's anything wrong with that of course!

The native accent from that part of the world is very musical, if you can imagine a cross between 'typical' Scottish and Scandinavian with emphasis on the Scandinavian you'll have it about right.

flippinada Sun 30-Sep-12 14:41:03

By that part of the world of course I mean the Shetlands.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sun 30-Sep-12 14:42:35

Yes, he doesn't sound very Shetland-ish, does he? I like his accent and voice though.


<<vom>> at Paul Hollywood though.

LetUsPrey Sun 30-Sep-12 14:45:55

I have a colleague who fancies Paul Hollywood. Don't get it myself. I'd want to smack him over the head with a rolling pin.

James is sweet, Scottish, has a rather nice selection of knitwear and a nice smile, is hopefully intelligent seeing as he's studying to be a doctor, seems free and easy with his booze, and can cook and bake. I'm not seeing the problemgrin

On an actual baking note, what's the scraper tool they use when they're scraping dough around on the worktops? I don't cook or bake but I really want one of those scrapy things.

VikingVagine Sun 30-Sep-12 14:49:01

Just scrapers, I've got a couple which I originally bought for smoothing buttercream.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sun 30-Sep-12 14:57:37

I like James's glasses.

I don't even mind his increasingly messy (and not in a cool way) hair.

[really smitten]

[much too old for him]