Tuesday, 16 October 2012

John The Master-Baker


Well after some master manipulating from BBC producers, who hinted that law degree student John has never really amounted to much in his mother's eyes ( what a pile of shite)... the little chicken of a queen has won The Great British Bake off, from under the noses of the arrogant old poof- who- made- good- in -the final reel- Queen Brendan and the delightful medical student James.
Amid a flurry of texts from Best Friend Nuala ( who also adored the show) we anticipated the winner and bemoaned the end of the series which has entertained us so much for ten week now
I have learnt all about chocolate ganash, how to make the ideal fondue fancy and what to do in the case of a bagel dough disaster!.....
But I am not really a good baker!
Not like Auntie Glad
I am thinking of  entering her in next years competition!
Now how's THAT for an angle eh?

29 comments:

  1. I loved the entire thing. And Brandon in tears at the end completely redeemed himself. Damn you BBC editors. Damn you!

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    1. I know Dan.... pure manipulation by the BEEB who probably edited the whole series to make Brenden look like a nob then gave him a full 60 second sob fest in the final episode!

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  2. I was so glad he won. I think the BBC producers were right about his Mother, judging by some of her comments about him. Even if your son only ever wins at the three-legged race, big him up for that if nothing else, at least he won! The boy did good, coming from absolutely nowhere in the running to be the overall champion - well done, lad.Did you really think that Brendan was arrogant? I rather felt sorry for him.

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    1. nana I did too at the end.... like I said to dan I think his confident "manner" was ideal for the producers to make him look a little like the baddie
      which is a shame

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  3. Thanks for letting me know the winner. I have to catch up with it via the Internet, normally towards the end of the week. Lovely series, and quite inspiring. Did Brandon really get tearful?

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    1. he did vera..... ( sorry for the spoiler)
      it was , quite moving

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  4. All of those 'competition' shows are manipulated from behind the scenes... a shame really, because they would probably be better if the contestants could just appear as they really are.

    Auntie Glad For.The.WIN!!!

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  5. She'd take it hands down.

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  6. Well done to Boy Blunder. You could tell that last cake was spectacular. Just wanted to pick it up and eat it. Would not have begrudged James the Boy Wonder, but it all went wrong at the last moment. And I know it was cruel, but I couldn't help laughing when Brenda the poisoner's fondant fancies started drooping.

    Back to delightful slightly camp Nigel and hetero baking smut from Nigella now. Wonder if I should ask for my order of banana (add saucy side glance) shallots to be delivered in a plain brown wrapper.

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  7. Oh yes I really think I would have thrown my lemon cake at the tv if arrogant big head Brendan would have won. I was so pleased that his fondant fancies failed, oh god I sound like a mad woman again !!!!

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  8. Think that would make Auntie Glad a tad nervous... You'd have to get her a little tipsy first. ;-)

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  9. Justice for Brendan! Cheated of his much-deserved victory by a floppy-haired foppish flibbertigibbet called John. This world is so unfair. Brendan must be gutted....but not by a Welsh smallholder!

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  10. I have my first news by your blog....iplayer is not up yet,so thank you... the Welsh Reuters service!

    Brendan was technically good...but his 'respect' for recipes like the St. Honore...accompanied by abandon of same in terms of content and presentation... made me think him a fraud.

    So glad John won.. a really nice man willing to learn.

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  11. I'll have to catch the repeat. I had thought that James would win, I'll have to pretend I don't know the result and have a bet with Lady M.

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  12. I reckon Auntie Glad could teach them all how to bake!! She'd win hands down.
    Jo xx

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  13. I really enjoyed the series but was a little disappointed by the winner. My vote was with James but he royally messed up at the end. I may enter myself next year!

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  14. If that's the winner in the photograph here he looks awfully short - it must have made cooking difficult with just a weevil's eye-view of the table. Could they not have given the poor lad a chair to stand on?

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  15. those sponge cubes falling into the fondant mix was quite nerve wracking !

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  16. Well hopefully the redoubtable old dear would know the difference between a Fondant Fancy and a Fondue Fancy - which I presume is some sort of cake you dip in melted cheese?

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  17. This is losing something in the translation!

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  18. Hi John,
    Shame that James didn't win but he buggered it up at the final hurdle didn't he ?!!!!
    ...... at least Brendan didn't win and, what are we going to watch at 8.00 p.m. on a Tuesday evening now ?

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    1. drink jacqueline DRINK

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    2. I already do too much of that !!

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  19. Brendan took it very well in the end; I had a horrible feeling he might go crazy with a cake knife if he lost.

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    1. well said em..... mind you he IS a Buddist so couldnt kill anything ( although he could maim a couple of contestants though)

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  20. Auntie Glad would win hands down, with her scones

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  21. Great comments especially about Brendan being made to look a little nob. Did you get Mary Berrys comments about Johns 'lovely sausage.'

    The whole thing was so very camp but so well produced and manipulated.

    I am going to miss it already. Aunty Glad should enter next year.

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    1. I noted the sausage comment too!
      if john wasnt so nervous he would have said "ooohhh missus" for sure

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  22. I'm sure I'll get hooked if it shows here. This sort of show is exactly the sort of thing prime time is awash with. Interestingly a woman from around here made it onto the NZ equivalent, and appeared like a right cow in her first and only round. Later in our local paper, she mentioned her surprise at the way she had been portrayed. I guess everyone says and does things under stress that makes for good drama!

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