Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Bake Off

Howard, crying when Ali was kicked out
Well by the end of The Great British Bake Off . I knew the contestant that would be kicked out would be one of the last two men in the show. Would it be Sheffield nice guy Howard ?( who sports a natty collection of designer shirts and has a sense of humour as dry as a nun's chuff) or would it be smiley nice guy Glenn? ( the sweet old queen teacher who obviously eats all of his own baking)
It was a shame as both guys are pure gold .
Hollywood take note..... If a movie audience takes to a film cast as easily and as well as the tv audience has with the bake off contestants then you would have a sure fire movie hit on your hands.

As the women jostled each other for the top places,allegiances have changed somewhat. Grandmother  Christine, the wisecracking Welsh gal Becca and the mousy but now much more likeable Francis have all gone up a gear,  and are snapping at sulky Ruby ( oh for fuck's sake STOP all that self depreciating shit at the judges' table Ruby) and smug Kimberley' s heels.
In the end Glenn cried over his disastrous buns, so we just knew poor Howard was out, which was a huge shame, as the Yorkshireman should indeed have his own tv show.
I love this programme
You wouldn't guess would you?
Glen flipping his panettone 
With all of this cake thing ,going on
I am doing kind of ok at weightwatchers
Been going two weeks
Lost half a stone
(7 lbs)

50 comments:

  1. losing half a stone is a wonderful achievement while battling a Scotch egg addiction and sweet cravings while watching The bake off
    ( I scoffed chocolate cake & ice cream - I NEVER eat ice cream ! )

    Yes I see Howard hosting his own show. I wonder what Glenn's students think of him blubbing away about his buns ?!

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    1. It's not the bake off without a few tears!

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  2. Half a stone!...well done that man.

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  3. I really thought Glenn was for the chop this week.
    He was so distraught about his buns and gobsmacked to get through.

    Congrats on the half stone - it takes real focus and determination.

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    1. Howard was a naturally funny man though....I shall miss him

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  4. After the first challange, I just knew that Howard would be going ..... apart from his biscuit pagoda, he hasn't done very well in the past couple of weeks. He seems such a nice, kind and sentimental man ..... I hate it when the lovely ones go.
    ..... and , half a stone gone .... that's brilliant John. XXXX

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    1. Francis and Christine have grown on me too jaq

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  5. Well done - you must be resisting those home made scotch eggs well! Speaking of which you kind of inspired my latest post. :-)

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    1. Scotch eggs aren't baked are they...so no chance having them on the BAKEOFF then

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    2. Some of the online recipes I've seen bake them...

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  6. Well done, bake off is grea

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  7. I was forced to watch this programme for the first time last night. What really irritated me was the two presenters - Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. Totally unfunny and pretentious and what do they know about baking? Ruby is gorgeous to look at but like you say a bit devious too.

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    1. Oh YP
      YOU bad tempered Yorkshire lass
      Mel made me hoot at the end credits when she kept shouting at Ruby to " get a grip"

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  8. I was forced to watch this programme for the first time last night. What really irritated me was the two presenters - Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. Totally unfunny and pretentious and what do they know about baking? Ruby is gorgeous to look at but like you say a bit devious too.

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  9. Not watching the show due to work,,, but well done on losing the half stone!

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  10. Thought Howard had lost it after the addition of hemp. Ruby is far too young to be a great baker - years of burnt biscuits, soggy bottom tarts and deflated cakes not to mention scones that would knock a bird out if you cack handidly threw one makes a great baker, years of practice!

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    1. Mine too.......soggy bottoms galore

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  11. I'm confidently expecting The Great British Bake Off - The Movie". With reluctant participants like Bill Nighy or Richard Wilson perpetrating some catastrophic culinary disasters.

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    1. .........helen Mirren crying to camera after a donut accident perhaps?

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  12. shhh I haven't watched it yet.

    Super duper congrats on losing the weight! going great!

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  13. Oh dear, I'm going to have to try not to read your "bake off" posts as this series is still months away (if we get it at all) here in NZ and I don't want to find out who wins! (A bit of a forlorn hope really, as it will be all over the internet.) I just love this program! Who knew that baking could be so enthralling??

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    1. Sorry Judith..... Look away now!

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  14. Oh, and congrats on the weightloss. Good job!

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  15. I love the Bake-Off's....but we will probably not see it here. Great job on the weight loss! Congrats!

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  16. Howard and his "Peachy Buns" made me giggle last night. It was the way he said the words "Peachy Buns". I've been saying it all day to amuse myself. I think I need therapy!

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    1. Me too...spent the whole evening smiling at the tele

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  17. Well done on the loss of weight. Such a shame Howard went..what a terrific character! THey're all likeable, although I find Christine the least charming...and don't forget Ruby is a psychology student, so is playing a pretty sophisticated game I think...

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    1. Me thinks she is a philosophy student....makes her more dangerous!

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  18. Congratulations on the weight loss...that takes some determination.
    I dislike the Ruby type...poor little me with the upward look through the lashes....pah!

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  19. Well done on the weight loss despite the locals trying to fatten you up with their home cooked treats. I thought of you when Howard went last night. I said to my husband 'John will be sad'. He just looked at me blankly.

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  20. ack... you have been going to WW for only two weeks and have already lost 7 pounds OMG ! Well Done.
    If only... I am so lucky if I lose one one pound a week. I have struggled with my 17 pound loss and that has taken me four months. Still plodding along.

    cheers, parsnip

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  21. Well done on the weight loss. It's the weight of almost three bags of sugar, pick them up and feel how heavy they are and then you'll see just what you have achieved already.

    I am loving this series of Bake Off, I was in stitches at the tele last night, Lovely Hubby kept shouting from the kitchen 'what's going on in there .... how can a cooking programme be THAT funny' . I love Sue and Mel's wisecracking too, it really makes the programme :-)

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    1. Mel's GET A GRIP RUBY , GET A RUDDY GRIP was fantastic

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  22. OMG! I just googled "nun's chuff" rather than ask you what it is - and I got an education!!!! I WAS going to ask you to refresh my former knowledge of British weights, but thankfully Parsnip already translated that for me. Congratulations!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  23. Apologies..it's a saying I picked up in Sheffield

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    1. I thought it might be British slang for a wimple! No need to apologize - a British friend had me pretty well informed before my trip to England almost 40 years ago. He did warn me not to be alarmed if someone I met across the pond said he'd knock me up later.

      Nancy in Iowa

      Nancy in Iowa

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  24. I googled the nun's chuff too and I thought you was talking about her habit!!! Such a sheltered life I have led.

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  25. How so very dare you! Ruby sir, ?devious sir,? Hardly sir!
    It make her all the more attractive when she lets a coy smile slip from those silken lips....aaahhh! (be still my beating heart)
    At last a bit of eye candy for the straight male viewers....it does mean we will both have to fight over her, bagels at dawn in an Asda car park near llangefni.

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    1. I don't believe a word of her " I m not very good " act

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  26. Why can't America come up with a cool reality show like this!!! Oh, we have Cupcake Wars and Chopped!, but this would be a change of pace!

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    1. It's a lovely paced, nice show susan.....

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  27. Poor old Glen was so sure it was going to be him wasn't he?
    I just love the programme, mainly because so many of the efforts are failures and it makes the contestants seem human.
    Glad you put a photograph with that caption 'glen tipping his pannetone'
    because otherwise the mind would boggle at the possibilities.

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  28. Devastated about Howard. I have a horrible feeling the dreadful Ruby is going to win. New hairdo I notice, so it can fall over one eye at every coy opportunity. Yuck. Come on Glen! (Accompanied by macho, fist brandishing gesture please).

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  29. I cry over my disastrous buns every single night.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The best line of the blog janie

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  30. I've cried over my disastrous buns. It did not involve baking.

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  31. Haven't we all,Iris ? X

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