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To find the National Treasure, Mary Berry's latest series irritating?

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helpmekeepstrong Sat 06-Jun-15 19:58:33

As much as I love her, this latest series is really a bit patronising and the recipes are not just pricey but a bit shit in the modern world. grin Not daring to critique the NT, like. Whaddya think?

stonelog Sat 06-Jun-15 20:03:23

Mary Berry is irritating. Or at least the furore around her is. Every time I click past BBC2 it's another terribly samey programme from her, with pastels and shit.

meglet Sat 06-Jun-15 20:06:16

I get distracted by her huge false eyelashes.

stonelog Sat 06-Jun-15 20:09:29

Why have they called her a national treasure anyway? To my (limited) knowledge she hasn't saved lives through her baking. She's just made a few middle class people feel superficially happier through food porn.

I've had wine. <disclaimer>

helpmekeepstrong Sat 06-Jun-15 20:11:20

whispers actually, I just said I love her because she is the National Treasure. Really, I find her really annoying and a fucking knowitall-I-am-the-oracle sort of person - know heaps of women who could cook well of her generation. Cakes : Brilliant, not to be faulted. Savoury : Not so much.

helpmekeepstrong Sat 06-Jun-15 20:13:14

stonelog yeay! Me too or I wouldn't have posted this insult!

helpmekeepstrong Sat 06-Jun-15 20:14:47

meglet I know! What's the deal there?

SilenceOfTheSAHMs Sat 06-Jun-15 21:08:43

God she annoys me. For some reason I can't abide watching her try the cakes/buns/whatever on GBBO. Very offputting.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 06-Jun-15 21:11:12

I'm surprised, I really like the series and will buy the book when it comes out, definitely my sort of cooking.

I've seen her in RL, she has a wicked sense of humour and outrageously saucy!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 06-Jun-15 21:11:56

I like her <arms crossed defiantly>

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 06-Jun-15 21:14:23

You dont have to have saved lives stonelog to be a national treasure. Tsk tsk. You just have to be Joanna lumley, or felicity Kendall, or Stephen fry. Or is this case, Mary berry.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 06-Jun-15 21:16:06

What's recipes were pricey btw? I haven't seen this week's some yet.

Kundry Sat 06-Jun-15 21:16:07

Her non-cake recipes tend to be v disappointing plus she clearly doesn't eat them as they are all full of cream and butter but she is miniscule.

Cake-wise I'm suspicious as she still recommends Stork over butter hmm

ChessieFL Sat 06-Jun-15 21:17:45

Dame, the book has been out for about a month!

Inkanta Sat 06-Jun-15 21:19:20

She doesn't annoy me. I think she's great and love her show.

CaTsMaMmA Sat 06-Jun-15 21:19:26

I haven't seen this week's yet, but am a tad irritated by the style....trying to Nigella her up a bit, it's coming over very badly imo

However I don't think you can fault any of her recipes....I think she is generally very reasonable in her ingredient selection, plenty of scope to splash the cash or keep it a bit more budget

And besides, she was more than polite when I chased her across a field and asked her to sign my GBBO book a couple of years back. I was >< far from that floral jacket. Oh yes!


helpmekeepstrong Sat 06-Jun-15 21:20:06

From the bits I've seen, she's great on TGBBOff but this series is patronising and the recipes are outdated and not really relevant to many. Flour to a chicken sauce tonight, added really at the last minute. That's the kind of technique used by my Mum in the 70's. Things have moved on.

CaTsMaMmA Sat 06-Jun-15 21:20:30

and that sausage lasagne was fecking delicious...I made it for the ILs, and will certainly make it again.

Discopanda Sat 06-Jun-15 21:21:25

She says she just tries a little bit, that's how she stays so slim. I love Mary Berry but give me Nigella any day.

helpmekeepstrong Sat 06-Jun-15 21:23:17

* Kundry Cake-wise I'm suspicious as she still recommends Stork over butter* Good point, well made grin

Inkanta Sat 06-Jun-15 21:24:32

CaTs - I thought that sausage lasagne looked like it could be good.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sat 06-Jun-15 21:26:48

I love her. I wish she would adopt me and cook me delicious cakes and such like. My baby is called Mary too. I think she is brilliant.

LIZS Sat 06-Jun-15 21:30:54

I discovered I've already got the book.

Lovelise Sat 06-Jun-15 21:38:39

I like Mary Berry and all but it really irritates me when she takes a bite of something from the side of her mouth.

It reminds me of a cat eating a sausage.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 06-Jun-15 21:45:03

Great, I'll be getting the book when it's on special in Tesco grin

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