Thursday, 14 August 2014

All across the nation, we settled with dinners on our laps to watch Great British Bake Off.
But tonight I poured a glass of chilled wine, cut a wedge of homemade tomato tart, scattered with dill flowers and sprinkled with white balsamic ...
And although Mary Berry would have noticed that my pastry wasn't sufficiently rested and had shrunk-
It didn't have a soggy bottom.
So there!
On the other hand, I have never made Florentines. Or, for that matter, a 3-D biscuit ski resort.
Over to Simon, who will have his very funny commentary up soon.

8 comments:

Sue said...

Thank you for the link to Simon's commentary Mary, it has confirmed that I am truly not missing anything by never having watched the Bake Off. I cannot understand the obsession with perfection and I cannot stand Mel or Sue.

Sue said...

By the way, Mary Berry's recipe for florentines is the one I use every Christmas and is really easy and reliable.

mary said...

I can't abide Mel and Sue, either! And the way the contestants fulfil TV stereotypes (young pretty one/old one/man in loud jumper with terrible teeth). But I do love Mary Berry. I do wonder, though, whether this perfectionism shakes people's confidence - when as you well know, if you chuck eggs, butter and sugar together and don't burn it, you usually achieve something quite satisfying even if it looks a bit wonky. If you want every biscuit looking the same, buy a packet of digestives.

Cosy Books said...

We've just started watching the first series on youtube so a lot of catching up to do but it's going to put a few pounds on my waistline. It's impossible not to wander over to my chocolate stash while everyone is baking cakes and other tempting things!

mary said...

That's not the right spirit, you should get baking too, Darlene.

Lucille said...

You have upped the ante Mary. I am making a tomato tart this weekend and now I must find some dill flowers. Would fennel flowers do instead? My cooking lately has taken a nose dive. I have made some truly awful messes. Does this ever happen to you? Or you Sue if you are still there?

Sue said...

Lucille, I've had a few disasters lately -left things to burn, cakes sunk but usually things have been edible. My mum says when she got to her sixties that inspiration and enthusiasm deserted her, my mother in law says the same.

mary said...

Fennel would be fine, Lucille. I often pick some growing wild on the beach and use it on a tomato salad. And, yes - I'm perfectly capable of disasters, usually it's the simple things that go wrong when I get bored and I take my eye off the ball (or the timer!)
I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment, though - feeling inspired, so let's hope it lasts!