The new series starts today (Sep. 22), and the weekly episodes will be available on Netflix in the US on Fridays. I have just got caught up with the previous seasons, and I am very grateful they managed to film this year in a "bubble." Anyone else excited?
Great British Bake Off is back!
|by Anonymous||reply 505||9 hours ago|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/22/2020|
Yes. I rarely watch reality tv but this and Master Chef Australia are the two I watch.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/22/2020|
Is this without Sandy? I’ll miss her. She and Noel we’re great fun together.
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|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/22/2020|
Yes, Matt Lucas from Little Britain replaces Sandy. I wasn't a fan of that show, but I think he is good friends with Noel, so they may have a different kind of chemistry that works. We shall see.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/22/2020|
OP has a soggy bottom.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/22/2020|
Is Paul going shirtless?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/22/2020|
[quote] Is Paul going shirtless?
I'm afraid we're 10 seasons too late for that. The only reason for Paul to go shirtless now is if a contestant needs to milk his titties to make frosting.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/22/2020|
Lol, you are funny r8.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/22/2020|
More food porn
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/22/2020|
Since everyone on Datalounge is a sophisticated European and/or a twentysomething who knows how to use a damn computer, I assume this thread will be hopping tonight.
I usually don't like Matt Lucas as a performer, hopefully he will be likable or at least bearable being himself. But I still wish they booked Richard Ayoade or Simon Amstell or Josie Lawrence or Jo Brand or a piece of string or a clump of mud.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/22/2020|
[quote] Since everyone on Datalounge is a sophisticated European and/or a twentysomething who knows how to use a damn computer, I assume this thread will be hopping tonight.
Wrong again R11.
Are you a Megstain?
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|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/24/2020|
Do any of you fickle cunts still love me?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/24/2020|
it's a fine line between a soggy bottom and a cumsloppy butthole, Henry
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/24/2020|
R16 = a thirsty Dr. Tamal
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/24/2020|
What a scrunched up little face.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/24/2020|
the twinky scot is cute.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/24/2020|
Those cake busts in the showstopper.... Oh my. Freddie Mercury had me howling.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/24/2020|
I'm rooting for the pretentious eldergay, Rowan!
Matt Lucas reminds me a bit of a puppy. I don't care for his brand of humor, but I like his positive energy.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/24/2020|
Rowan's Marie Antoinette with the choux buns was magnificently camp.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/24/2020|
Rowan's drag name is "Victoria Sponge"
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/24/2020|
Did Henry ever come out?
I was flirting with the idea of baking along this year, but nothing appealed to me this week.
Cake sculpture was cruel for week one, but it was certainly entertaining. And the results, on the whole, were surprisingly decent. Bottom of the pack is really struggling though. I bet they had fewer applicants this year.
Likeable bunch of bakers though. Rowan and Sura stand out for me so far. Dave has that almost-eerie calm that last year's David had. Though if he was really chill he wouldn't have stalked off after the upside upside down cake incident.
And I didn't mind Matt Lucas!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/24/2020|
Why do British bakers continue to use rosewater? It's rarely successful. Is that a big thing in Britain?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/24/2020|
Yes. Every home should have one.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/24/2020|
I will only watch if Matt Lucas hosts as Vicki Pollard the entire season - "yeah but, no but, yeah but..."
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/24/2020|
I hope they work "Fat Fighters" in somehow. Is there an Asian contestant?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/24/2020|
Lottie seems like a gigantic bitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/24/2020|
That cake sculpture challenge was hilarious for all the wrong reasons. "Make a cake head of your hero" -- who does that in real life? Virtually no one. I like the showstopper challenges best when they're tasked with making actual desserts that are actually difficult, like an opera cake or a princess cake, not some made-up nonsense (i.e., an allotment cake).
Still, happy to have the show back. And Paul H looks good with the very slightly longer hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/26/2020|
Noel is awful. They should ahve stayed with BBC and the old cast.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/26/2020|
How is Marie Antoinette anyone's "hero?" Did he only choose her because they're both queens?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/26/2020|
[quote]They should ahve stayed with BBC and the old cast.
They should've brought in a BBC to host. Like Idris Elba.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/26/2020|
Are those individual pineapple upside-down cakes a thing in the UK? I've never seen them in the US -- they're usually made in a regular round cake pan. The ones on the show were more like cupcakes.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/26/2020|
[quote]That cake sculpture challenge was hilarious for all the wrong reasons. "Make a cake head of your hero" -- who does that in real life? Virtually no one. I like the showstopper challenges best when they're tasked with making actual desserts that are actually difficult, like an opera cake or a princess cake, not some made-up nonsense (i.e., an allotment cake).
That's what the other two challenges are for. I love to see the bakers' creativity in the showstopper.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/26/2020|
The individual pineapple cakes were about creating six of the same item, each exactly the same. And it uncovered a LOT about the good skills of a few of the bakers and the poor skills of some of the others.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/26/2020|
It must be impossibly hard to cast that show, but they always seem to choose appealing contestants. I am a big, big admirer of Mary Berry, but I think Pru is just excellent (kind, honest, lovely).
It’s a great show.
That said, I would not really want to eat anything they prepare because it’s all so “fiddled with”. I’m grossed out by bits of food that have been squeezed and rolled between fingers. I do like the buttercreams and caramels, though. I enjoyed this first episode. I hope it stays interesting. The gal they sent home was lovely but needed to go after the bubblegum and cream soda chemical flavors. No, no...
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/26/2020|
Matt Lucas looks like he wandered on the set. Did they explain about the missing lesbian host?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/26/2020|
I was expecting to hate Matt Lucas. I did not.
I do not really like Noel Fielding; he thinks he is funny, but his humor misses more than it hits. I really did not like Mel Giedroyc; she tried so very hard to be funny and it was painful to watch. I was okay with Sue Perkins.
Mary Berry was a fantastic judge, and Prue Leith is okay. I give the edge to Mary Berry though, especially when judging classic British bakes. Prue Leith is not British and does not have the same give-and-take with Paul Hollywood.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/26/2020|
I like Prue as a judge. Matt Lucas is working surprisingly well. Noel Fielding doesn't work and will never work because he never really connects with the contestants. Mel and Sue did, and Matt seemed to be even in his first episode. I think they should jettison Noel and try to get a warmer, more empathetic host to pair with Matt.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/26/2020|
[Quote]I do not really like Noel Fielding; he thinks he is funny, but his humor misses more than it hits.
Noel has never been a good fit for this job.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||09/26/2020|
Peter is adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||09/26/2020|
He is also hard to understand. Half the time I don't know what the hell he just said.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/26/2020|
r43 That's why they invented closed-captioning. For me, it's a must for all British TV shows.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/26/2020|
[quote]Make a cake head of your hero
Wait, it's not "give head to your hero?"
Well, no handshake for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/27/2020|
Peter is adorable, indeed. I love how he cited John Whaite as the person who taught him how to tell if a cake is done by smelling it. I could just imagine John and his husband double teaming Peter. After all, apparently they advertise for a third whom they both can nail. Why not Peter?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/27/2020|
Because Peter hopefully was enough sense to avoid the whiny, depressed and bitter John Whaite
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/27/2020|
John had major mommy issues and apparently no daddy.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/27/2020|
R47 = Brendan
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|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/27/2020|
Val Stones also listened to her bakes to ascertain if they were done. I wish there was a full explanation on the technique. It could be useful.
I also wish that John Whaite would turn around in that photo above. Ah, yes.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||09/27/2020|
I have been dreaming for John’s buns the entire season. Thanks for posting, r50. What’s the story though. Didn’t he inspire to be the greatest baker in the world. Or did he reside to go into porn? Bakers are dime in dozen, John‘a buns are unique. Sweet and soft and bouncy.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||09/27/2020|
Paul Hollywood is one toned, strong, sexy muscle stud.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/27/2020|
Some revealing pictures of John Whaite.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/27/2020|
It's a subscription site, so don't bother. LPSG has erect frontals of John.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/27/2020|
[quote] I love how he cited John Whaite as the person who taught him how to tell if a cake is done by smelling it.
It involved listening to it, not smelling it.
Smelling it would be a bit obvious, don't you think?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||09/27/2020|
Sorry, I was just thinking about smelling John Whaite and Peter. Or, John Whaite's peter.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/27/2020|
Cutie Peter is Scottish but his accent sounds sort of South West English/Dorset to me.
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|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/27/2020|
He made gluten free things for his hunky bro. How gay is that?!
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|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/27/2020|
One of the recent winners was openly gay, cute looking, too
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/27/2020|
Dave is hot
|by Anonymous||reply 63||09/27/2020|
Making his baking gluten free because he has a celiac brother r60?
What sort of depraved family life did you grow up with?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/27/2020|
Prison Paul was one of the hottest guys they ever had. And was a great baker.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/27/2020|
Tamal Ray is still the hottest gay contestant they have had.
And he is a doctor...so good marriage material too.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||09/27/2020|
I love the Christmas special that has Paul and Val on it. He really improved even after his season. Val is just so charming! I always root for the oldies, so I'm glad we got a couple this season again.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||09/27/2020|
r66 Agreed. During his season, I always referred to Tamal as "my future husband." Oh, well ... a guy can dream.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||09/27/2020|
Love that a new season is going again. This is a consistently entertaining show. Love Pru. Also pleasantly surprised by the new host. He is funnier than you'd think based on him being one of the most unattractive people ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||09/27/2020|
Matt Lucas sings " Master of the House."
|by Anonymous||reply 70||09/27/2020|
The Bake Off has had some sexy men participating over the years, to be sure. But Richard Burr was the hottest of them all.
I sooooo wanted him to be gay. And he's sooooo not gay. Damnit. But he's hot.
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|by Anonymous||reply 72||09/28/2020|
Former contestants Howard and Jane have a podcast called The Bake Down. It's pretty cute and they talk a bit about the experience of being in the tent.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||09/28/2020|
Prue is wearing vintage Bea Arthur. Rather, it’s wearing her.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||09/29/2020|
Just watched the first episode of this season which is also the first ever I've seen of the show. Love the female judge. Love Matt Lucas, Hollywood's a hot daddy and reminds me of Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio with his matter of fact assessment of the dishes. Noel Fielding sticks out like a sore thumb.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||09/29/2020|
Prue Lieth is the female judge, R75. She is fantastic. She took over for Mary Berry who was well-loved but Prue has more than held her own. Great, fun aesthetics and on top of her game baking-wise. Believe it or not, Noel is better than he used to be. It is great watching the show and comparing it to an American show. The British contestants are all so self-deprecating and collegial. American contestants on reality shows are all brashness and oh-so-self-confident. You should go back and watch the earlier seasons; they are refreshing.
It's also hilarious that the only thing the winner gets is the engraved cake stand! Not a penny otherwise as far as I know.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||09/29/2020|
R65 Prison Paul was stunning. Want him and Greg Davies to double team me.
Mary berry has her own cooking show, which is exactly as charming as one would expect.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||09/29/2020|
Available in the US r77?
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|by Anonymous||reply 79||09/29/2020|
Huh, no anti-Muslim hysteria about the hijab-wearing baker who accidentally knocked cutie's pineapple upside-down cakes down? You're slipping, DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||09/29/2020|
[quote]Love Matt Lucas, Hollywood's a hot daddy and reminds me of Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio with his matter of fact assessment of the dishes. Noel Fielding sticks out like a sore thumb.
Matt Lucas LOOKS like a thumb.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/29/2020|
Check out naked gay Tom Hetherington from Season/Series 8.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||09/29/2020|
R80 I DID! Well, at home I screamed it was a Islamic plot against the homosexualist. That cunt! Swatting a fly? Utterly self involved moron.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||09/29/2020|
ha! she seems pretty nice and funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||09/29/2020|
[Quote] He is funnier than you'd think based on him being one of the most unattractive people ever.
What does that even mean r69?
I would expect him to be funny precisely because he is unattractive.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||09/29/2020|
R82 Who knew Tom Hetherington had such a banging body?
|by Anonymous||reply 86||09/29/2020|
All of the participants are so damn likable, I would be thrilled if they were all gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||09/29/2020|
I can’t look at Matt Lucas without thinking of him saying he dealt with his ex-husband’s suicide by having lots of sex. It would be fine if I didn’t actually picture it in great detail.
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|by Anonymous||reply 89||09/29/2020|
Lucky you, R75, you have ten more series to watch! Plus assorted specials and spin-offs! (Though I don't think any of the spin-offs hold a candle to the original.)
I think Rowan doesn't finish his bakes because he gets distracted by Tasteful Friends threads.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||09/29/2020|
I watched Mary Berry's new show, which is available on Netflix. Her enthusiasm seemed forced.
I recently read that Pru's son is an arrogant type who doesn't wear a face mask on the train.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||09/29/2020|
R91 You shut your mouth, or Mary will smack you with her gnarled, arthritic hands.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||09/29/2020|
[quote]I watched Mary Berry's new show, which is available on Netflix.
I can't find it on Netflix.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||09/29/2020|
It was pulled for inappropriate content, not sure what that means.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||09/29/2020|
Did Mary present hole or something?
|by Anonymous||reply 95||09/29/2020|
The inappropriate content must have been the rolling pin incident in the episode with Bonnie Mace as a special guest.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||09/29/2020|
Mary said it was okay to use shop-bought fondant. It was quite the scandal. Too hot for Netflix.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||09/30/2020|
But, it was there just three or four nights ago!
|by Anonymous||reply 98||09/30/2020|
So I guess it's your fault it's now gone r98.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||09/30/2020|
I'm team Pru. Mary Berry is like nails on a chalk board for me. Her prim British approach to food did help shape the character of the show, that's true. But I still hate her. And if you look at some of her BBC cooking vids available on YouTube, you'll be left gagging. Salmon and asparagus terrine? No thanks, Mary. No way.
She might make a good Miss Marple. Marple is always prim, always British, and usually slightly annoying. If not Marple, then let her play herself as an aging lady sleuth. Mary Berry and the Case of the Soggy Bottom. That might work very, very, well. I can see her rolling a pie crust while reasoning through the clues in a murder. It would work.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||09/30/2020|
Mary could be quite bitchy in the beginning of bake-off, but she really had the right mix of scary school teacher and warm, boozy grandmother. Pru just seems dull and efficient. The show has become the standard issue reality series.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||09/30/2020|
But no one could take a bite out of something quite like Mary.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||09/30/2020|
I think Prue is underrated. She looks incredible at 80 years old and she has a subtle, but sly, sense of humor that I enjoy. Mary was very old school and while I find her soothing to listen to, it got a little tedious to hear things referred to as "scrummy."
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/30/2020|
After reading Mary's Wikipedia, I love the image of her driving around the country teaching housewives how to cook with gas in post-war Austerity Britain.
I wonder how many times she and Fanny Craddock ever encountered each other. That could be 'Feud' level.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||09/30/2020|
Yes, R104. You have identified Ryan Murphy's next project.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||09/30/2020|
Maybe Epic Rap Battles could take that on.
I'm scrummy, you're a dummy, send you crying to your mummy, someone hold my pastry bag while I scold this pasty hag...it writes itself!
They did do Julia Child vs Gordon Ramsay.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||09/30/2020|
I fancy both of the new star bakers, Peter and David! There's no-one else though. The totty range was stronger last year.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||09/30/2020|
That new episode was a disaster though. They should never do a cake head episode again.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||09/30/2020|
But I loved hearing the spongecake Bob Marley referred to as Sponge Bob.
And the microcephalic bike racer felt like a real step fore ward for disabled diversity
|by Anonymous||reply 109||09/30/2020|
The Lupita Nyong’o cake was a hate crime. Lupita’s friends must have busted out laughing when they forwarded that to her.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||09/30/2020|
[quote] It was pulled for inappropriate content, not sure what that means.
It must be her constant reference to (and disdain of) [bold]soggy bottoms[/bold]
|by Anonymous||reply 111||09/30/2020|
Prue has great fashion sense for someone her age.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||09/30/2020|
Dave is some odd OCD weirdo. He gave someone a big eye fuck after the judges spoke to him after the first challenge. Tinky Scot or Ponytail Girl?
|by Anonymous||reply 113||09/30/2020|
I'm sorry, calling Dave a weirdo when Rowan is right there!
|by Anonymous||reply 114||09/30/2020|
Mary makes Chelsea Buns...
|by Anonymous||reply 115||09/30/2020|
mary's latest eppy is on hdclump
|by Anonymous||reply 116||09/30/2020|
so is gbb.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||09/30/2020|
R103 Pru is 80? I’d seriously never have thought that. She looks really good for that age.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||09/30/2020|
She'll be 81 in February. She doesn't seem that age at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||09/30/2020|
I liked how Mary Berry bit into biscuits with her right lateral incisors, not her "front" teeth.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||09/30/2020|
[quote]not her "front" teeth.
More accurately her front "teeth"
|by Anonymous||reply 121||09/30/2020|
Mary gave me the impression of a Brexit voter, particularly after she blackballed the Northern Irish baker for his "temperament"
|by Anonymous||reply 122||09/30/2020|
I don't know about Mary, but Prue voted to leave.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||09/30/2020|
Wooden Paul in his untucked shirt with his hands in his pockets. He’s one dimensional but here to stay. Matt is a good fit for the show, Of the three worst bakers in the head cake episode, two were older, so they weren’t going to boot them off first because they’ve been accused of ditching the elders too soon in prior seasons. They do a good job of demographics this time, but they are missing the ‘fish out of water, gruff straight man’ this season.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||10/01/2020|
r124, I thought they covered that group with the single dad?
|by Anonymous||reply 125||10/01/2020|
[quote]Prue has great fashion sense for someone her age.
I think I would attribute her look to the stylists working on the show. The same people who make the contestants wear the same clothes over 2 days of shooting for one episode since she would have to as well for consistency.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||10/01/2020|
The demographics are good, R124. This year i believe the Bake Off has its first amputee. But the personalities are odd. In past years, there were bakers I liked immediately. This year... not so much. Except that cute young man who is so exceptionally photogenic. Who doesn't like a puppy?
|by Anonymous||reply 127||10/01/2020|
I love Rowan, even though he never delivers what he promises. Linda is a sweetheart. I think most of their personalities are just fine.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||10/01/2020|
Newest episode was good...very happy with who won (not to give a spoiler). Hoping one of the two who one the first two weeks wins the whole thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||10/02/2020|
I cannot believe that Dave is straight, based on his mannerisms. Dave’s girlfriend will inevitably suspect that Dave likes to take huge black dicks in his English rose.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||10/02/2020|
My favorite contestant:
|by Anonymous||reply 131||10/02/2020|
Does anyone else struggle to watch this show without a bowl or plate of something sweet and fatty?
|by Anonymous||reply 132||10/03/2020|
Paul Allen is a laugh on Extra Slice, that slag.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||10/03/2020|
R131, he's mine also. Gay, pleasant, and avid fan of musical theater, Andrew Smyth
|by Anonymous||reply 134||10/03/2020|
Forget the baking. I want to see Peter and Dave flip fuck like wild animals.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||10/03/2020|
Another selling point for Dave is that he has a shiba inu! Such a beautiful dog.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||10/03/2020|
It’s rare that a television program makes me smile broadly, but this week’s segment where Pru responds to the flavors in the simulated haggis filling was joyous and fun to watch. I like her very much.
Rowan got a pass this week and there may have been some disagreement among the contestants about the fairness of that. Mak was a gentleman about his dismissal. Poor Rowan has something going on with the cold sores on his lips. It may well be nerves. He’s a handsome fellow, but a bit twee with the chatter about waistcoats and foppery like that. He’s ok but kind of a preening swan, and that may be the editing of the program (they sometimes “construct” characters by showing clips that define them in ways that aren’t their true nature).
Dave smiles very easily and seems very comfortable in his own skin. His “shimmying” with happiness is endearing.
This is a very nice cast. Not a turd among them. Matt’s goofiness and “hail queer well met” has actually improved Noel’s appeal. They seem more comfortable with each other than Noel did with Sandi. The opening bit was less cringing and forced than I recall last season’s to have been. Poor Sandi reminded me too much of the murderous dwarf film “Don’t Look Now”, and I’m sad to admit that because I know it’s mean.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||10/03/2020|
I enjoyed when the gal making the Viking tablescape growled at Noel “I’m ready for you to go now” and bluntly called him annoying. Nice!
|by Anonymous||reply 138||10/03/2020|
[quote]He’s a handsome fellow
Have you seen his teeth?
|by Anonymous||reply 139||10/03/2020|
R39 Fair point. It’s a mean stereotype but I don’t really factor teeth into the appearance of Brits. It’s like when you weigh produce on a scale and automatically subtract the weight of the container. Also, even though they are stained and slightly python-like, they do in fact look like his own. I almost prefer that to a loose chicklet veneers and gray receding gum lines from old caps, or loose dentures. But, yes, the poor guy’s teeth are clinically “janky”. Maybe they didn’t have fluoride in their water.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||10/03/2020|
On the Bake off subreddit, someone dug up a post that appeared to be written by Mak, based on his history. He claimed that he purposely sabotaged his spot on the show so he could go home to deal with something. So maybe there was more influencing the judges' decision than we could see.
I don't think Rowan will be given any more favors though. He's like Terry and Val, not that great at baking, but an endearing old eccentric who adds character to the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||10/03/2020|
he's 1000 years old...
|by Anonymous||reply 142||10/03/2020|
R39 and r40 Noel Fielding’s humor seems predicated on some intentional awkwardness. It reminds me (uncomfortably) of the type of improvisational comedy you see performed in cities that are tech hubs. I know several moderately successful software people, some who write code for a living, who also take improv lessons to socialize and experiment with their personality. The laughter they draw from the audience is uncomfortable and forced. But Noel seems to be improving. His own laughter can be meek and slightly defensive. I think these two comic “engagers” have a tough job. I didn’t find Sue Perkins very funny at all, but liked her for the sweet way she interacted with the contestants. I have since seen here in some documentary/travel program and she was excellent in that.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||10/03/2020|
I am not a fan of Noel Fielding, but in the past his sweetness with the contestants won me over. His instinct to connect and encourage the contestants took away the edge of unpleasantness that made me dislike his previous work.
I think all of the female hosts seemed only interested in using contestants to set up their comic bits. Noel may not have been as funny, but because his bits seemed to be collaborations with the contestants, they were more satisfying.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||10/03/2020|
Watch the way Fielding talks during bisquit week. It really feels like he is joking to relax the bakers rather than performing for the camera like that blond woman from last season.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||10/03/2020|
Are the bizarre elaborately decorated baked goods common in Britain? Or is it just something that is done for the program?
(This year the showstoppers are really awful.)
|by Anonymous||reply 146||10/03/2020|
I thought Mak was the best-looking of the contestants. (Dave is a close second.) He also pinged big-time.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||10/03/2020|
I'm r75 and I am starting to warm up to Noel. His interaction with Sura making light of what happened in the previous episode was rather endearing.
Pru is my new (gay) icon. What a lovely woman and a great sport (like her double entendre about Mark's nuts).
Rowen seems like a nice and charming old gentleman, but I have to agree that he's too ambitious and promising too much and so far not able to deliver. Just for not finishing the decorations of his Florentines he should've been sent home instead of Mac who, at least, finished on time in all challenges.
David and Peter look physically hot or at least cute. However, I get a bit of a sexual predator vibe (that slick smile?) from David for some reason and Peter has this intense stare that makes him look a bit creepy like a kid who likes to rip off insects' wings.
Love Sura and Lotti . And I am rooting for Hermine and Linda. Allthough all the contestants are very pleasant.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||10/04/2020|
Can't figure out Dave's intense yet unfocused gaze. On the spectrum maybe?
Rowan's lack of concern cracks me up,
And which of you soggy bitches is tweeting as Sweary Berry?
|by Anonymous||reply 149||10/04/2020|
[quote]And which of you soggy bitches is tweeting as Sweary Berry?
Someone with an over-inflated opinion of their own sense of humor.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||10/04/2020|
The contestants loved Mel and Sue. If this got too emotional they would intervene and inn necessary swear, so the scene couldn't be used in the programme.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||10/04/2020|
I'm watching stoned and the florentines are making me hungry
|by Anonymous||reply 152||10/04/2020|
Love this show and Paul Hollywood
|by Anonymous||reply 153||10/04/2020|
Mel and Sue has worked as a team for years, so even though Sue wasn't very funny, their chemistry with each other and the participants worked. Mary Berry was a provincial (deep roots in Somerset, father was mayor of Bath) who'd seen the world and could embrace a certain old school Englishness with some open-ness to new experience. Prue is efficient but devoid of character.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||10/04/2020|
[quote]Prue is efficient but devoid of character.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||10/04/2020|
Hmm, I thought Sue was the funniest of them all. I don’t think Noel, Sandi, or Matt are that funny. I was sick to death of the stupid “Sandi in a sack” jokes last season. That said, I don’t mind Noel or Matt as people. I just find their brand of humor rather forced and awkward.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||10/04/2020|
I want Noel Fielding to just come out already.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||10/04/2020|
I would like to have an All-Star episode of just nude male baking alumni, judges by equally naked judges Matt Adlard, Johnny Iuzzini, and Yigit Pura.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||10/04/2020|
I'm curious as to the popularity of marzipan and baked meringue, which seem to be prevalent in these shows. Are they that popular in Britain? I'm not sure that they are as popular in the States. We seem to see a lot of marzipan and meringue on the show, however.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||10/04/2020|
I am an American and I am not even sure what marzipan is. Never heard of a florentine outside of the show either.
I really have no idea what a lot of what they talk about. Do Brits actually know these foods and terms?
|by Anonymous||reply 160||10/04/2020|
R160, unless you are allergic to tree nuts, go get yourself some marzipan. It's almond meal and honey or sugar, plus a tiny pit of butter or oil. And it's fucking heavenly. The holidays are a great time to have it on hand. Get some. Make some. It will be done in 10 minutes.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||10/04/2020|
Prue is the farthest thing from being devoid of character. What an odd thing to state; she has tons of charisma and character.
As an American, it is always fun to see the truly British sensibility of the show in general and of the contestants in particular. The contestants always seem like overall lovely people across the board. American reality shows are definitely not cast that way; there is always one or more "villains." I just wonder if there are equally villainous Brits and they just aren't cast, or whether it really is just a difference in overall demeanor of the general population.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||10/04/2020|
R162, they all seem lovely in the tent because they are consumed with their baking and focused on their own workspaces. If you saw them interact with one another for long, you would see the British class system begin to rear its ugly head. Subtly. Almost always subtly. But it's there to be used when you want to hold someone down.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||10/04/2020|
This may sound stupid, but where do you buy marzipan? I have never seen it in a supermarket. (Of course, I am not sure where it would be---is it a candy? Is it an icing?)
I know I can buy it online, but will it taste good or is it something you need to get fresh?
|by Anonymous||reply 164||10/04/2020|
As with everything else in the world, R164, you can find it on Amazon.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||10/04/2020|
R164, just make the marzipan. If you have a food processor, you have all you need.
You can skip removing the skins from the almonds by simply buying blanched almonds with the skins already removed. Sugar + almonds + food processor = marzipan.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||10/04/2020|
This show - and the fact that they get 10K+ applicants every year - does make me think that home baking is more common in the UK than the US. I mean I only know a few people who bake at all, and none of them try anything fancy. Only one of them even makes bread.
But we should remember that the idea is to find the *best* amateur baker. They cast people with serious skill and experience, not folks who sometimes make a tealoaf on a Sunday.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||10/04/2020|
Apparently the show doesn't give out cash prizes? (which makes it even more astounding anyone would put themselves through quarantaine and separate from loved ones just for ... bragging rights?)
Which could explain that the contestants are rather pleasant and relaxed and not driven by desperation and greed to win.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||10/04/2020|
R165, right. That is why I said you could buy it online.
R166, thank you. It does look like it would be impossible to make without buying a food processor--which I might even consider if I had space to store one.
But they say it will keep for two weeks, which makes me think that it does not need to be fresh, so I can buy it online.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||10/04/2020|
R168, you get a glass display tray. Just a regular sized one to fit a normal cake or pie. No money.
One big difference from American reality shows is that they do not film all the episodes back to back in a short amount of time. The contestants on the baking show go home between episodes and have a week to practice baking their signature and showstoppers. (Which makes Rowan seem even more pathetically deluded.)
Often the younger bakers will say that they could not practice that week because they had exams to study for at school.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||10/04/2020|
Marzipan is awful.
Cloying and with little discernible flavor.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||10/04/2020|
They are bubbled this year and have only a couple of days off between recording, due to COVID, to give Rowan a small excuse - though of course they are all in the same boat. It might make it harder for him to roll back from his more elaborate recipes in the sort term, however..
|by Anonymous||reply 172||10/04/2020|
But you wouldn't think it would prevent him from brushing his teeth occasionally, however.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||10/04/2020|
Actually, American Rainbow cookies are essentially marzipan with added coloring plus jam and chocolate.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||10/04/2020|
Indian wolfman and the bear guy are attractive too.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||10/04/2020|
Is Extra Slice available in the States?
|by Anonymous||reply 176||10/04/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 177||10/04/2020|
Dave was quite gracious when his cakes were accidentally knocked over by Sura.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||10/04/2020|
Dave is hot. I'm trying to pinpoint who he reminds me of, probably an actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||10/04/2020|
Oooo, I would LOVE to knock into Dave's cakes.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||10/04/2020|
R179 Jonathan Bailey?
|by Anonymous||reply 181||10/04/2020|
R164, marzipan is usually in the baking aisle. I think I've seen it in boxes and in plastic tubes/bricks. Check the best buy dates!
|by Anonymous||reply 182||10/04/2020|
Sometimes marzipan is in the international section of the supermarket, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||10/04/2020|
Marzipan is similar to almond paste (but not identical.)
|by Anonymous||reply 184||10/04/2020|
I went to Publix today and they never heard of marzipan.
I even searched to see if any Publix had it (in Florida they have a near monopoly on groceries).
Not even a search term.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||10/04/2020|
Well duh, R185. Florida!
|by Anonymous||reply 186||10/04/2020|
Someone said it is the layers in rainbow cookies. To me it is more cakey than the pictures look, but I will accept that as marzipan and stop looking now before this gets more annoying than it already is.
|by Anonymous||reply 187||10/04/2020|
I might try making marzipan for the holidays this year. Seems like buying almond flour would be the easiest way to go, no?
I wonder if regular Brits really eat all those pies filled with pigeon, black pudding, eels(!) I don’t think anyone on the show made eel pie, but Sue visited a shop that was known for them. I do miss the history lessons they used to have.
Someone asked about An Extra Slice...you can find the links in the UKTVLand subreddit every week.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||10/04/2020|
Go to a Whole Foods or something, certainly they have it.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||10/04/2020|
One of the main reasons why the show is so popular in the US is because the concentration is on the baking. Had it been done on Bravo, the emphasis would be on conflict and asshole bakers who try to intimidate or sabotage. A show filled with yelling.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||10/04/2020|
I beg to differ, r171. It has the light scent and taste of sweetened prussic acid.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||10/04/2020|
A search of Whole Foods says no, R189
|by Anonymous||reply 192||10/04/2020|
I really like the fact that we don’t have to sit through the long, drawn-out drama of the contestants getting criticized and deciding who goes. Just a couple minutes of discussion over a cup of tea. I don’t want to watch any American competitions any more. Also, Zumbo’s Just Desserts - Australian, but the same kind of over the top drama and extremely shady judging in the last season. Left a terrible taste in my mouth. I know Paul gets criticized sometimes for being arrogant and he may be, a bit...but I prefer him a thousand times over to the Gordon Ramseys and other obnoxious hosts I’ve seen elsewhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||10/04/2020|
^ Oz Bake Off is cool, and Maggie Beard is lovely.
|by Anonymous||reply 194||10/04/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 195||10/04/2020|
When did they start extra slice? Can I go back and get more of the Tamil Ray season?
|by Anonymous||reply 196||10/04/2020|
I love on Extra Slice that they introduce people as "presenters." Not even a pretense that they have any other skills or talents.
|by Anonymous||reply 197||10/04/2020|
R197 After the fifth season. Paul Allen also hosts Bake Off Professionals.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||10/04/2020|
R197 Presenting is a skill in itself.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||10/04/2020|
r197 "Presenters" is the equivalent of "host," "anchor," or "emcee" in the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||10/04/2020|
R200, in the US they would never introduce someone as a host, anchor or emcee. They would be actress, renowned chef, journalist, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||10/04/2020|
Both Jo and Paul are well established stand up comics in England. Jo also acts well.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||10/04/2020|
I always see 2-3 sad packages of marzipan in the baking aisle, down near the floor with the candied fruit.
It becomes more visible before Christmas, in the seasonal section, before getting marked down 50% on the 26th along with the mincemeat, hard sauce, and Christmas crackers that Americans want no part of.
I’m assuming there’s a lottery and the two losers go back to the baking aisle and never get a chance to go on clearance.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||10/04/2020|
Marzipan is pretty gross. If you can’t find it through your grocer, try mixing equal parts almond flour, confectionery sugar and sand. Or visit your hardware store to buy some spackle paint filler.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||10/04/2020|
One does not just eat a plate full of marzipan, though one could. It's an ingredient incorporated into a variety of different pastries. And baked into a pastry, it is delicious.
A big spoonful of it.. no, probably not so great.
|by Anonymous||reply 205||10/04/2020|
I've seen marzipan at Cost Plus/World Market.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||10/04/2020|
Great! R203 introduced small handful of new British baking ingredients to confound me.
The only one I know is mincemeat. My mother grew up in the depression and loved mincemeat because that was all they could afford. She made it for herself but the whole rest of the family was disgusted. Not every part of an animal should be eaten. And some things should not be included in baked goods.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||10/04/2020|
As kids, we would roll out a block of marzipan to be cut into small squares which would then parcel walnuts, glazed cherries, dates etc to be dipped in melted chocolate.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||10/04/2020|
On the recent episode, Peter was making some kind of filling I'd never heard of for the faux haggis. I had to look it up.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||10/04/2020|
[quote]Not every part of an animal should be eaten
Wait, what? I didn't even think meat was still used in mincemeat in the twentieth century.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||10/04/2020|
The only meat part is the fat from lard (optional).
|by Anonymous||reply 211||10/04/2020|
Talk about typing fat!
|by Anonymous||reply 212||10/04/2020|
R207 Mincemeat in Xmas mincemeat pies is sweet. At least it is in new Zealand.
|by Anonymous||reply 213||10/04/2020|
R210 it is some godawful concoction of organ meat. I never asked for the recipe.
I loved scraple and could not handle even the smell of mincemeat.
|by Anonymous||reply 214||10/04/2020|
How about suet? I thought that was just something for the birds.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||10/04/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 216||10/04/2020|
R214 Xmas 'mince' meat is fruit, and delicious.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||10/04/2020|
I watched your film R216. I do not know what sultanas are, but I am guessing they are some animal organ. That is nothing like the mess my mother made.
My guess is that eastern european cuisine is not big in the US, so no one is going to make the real slovac mincemeat--especially given how disgusting it is.
The weird thing is that even though the video looked nothing like the mincemeat I grew up with and I could see there was no actual organ meat, I still got nauseous while it was playing.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||10/04/2020|
I sometimes see marzipan at health food stores, rarely at grocery stores.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||10/04/2020|
Sultanas are like big currants.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||10/04/2020|
OOOOPS! I mean to say:
"I am guessing they are NOT some animal organ."
|by Anonymous||reply 221||10/04/2020|
It was cute they way they turned Mak into Jessica Fletcher on "Extra Slice."
|by Anonymous||reply 222||10/04/2020|
[quote]Presenting is a skill in itself.
Don't I know it!
|by Anonymous||reply 223||10/04/2020|
I'm a first-generation American on my mother's side. They came to the U.S. after the war. (Luckily, my grandmother had family who immigrated before the war and they were sponsored.) I still remember all the British people at family weddings or celebrations. Eccentric, witty, determined, and they loved to sing old pub songs. We had Mince for dinner sometimes, but it was only ground beef and vegetables. We'd pour it over mashed potatoes. Current Bun was served on New Year's Day (very short with black currents, great with a cup of tea.) My grandmother's shortbread could not be beaten. No cook was without her Bisto for making gravy.
We'd go to Canada on a weekend to buy the British foods they missed. They brought back blood pudding; wasn't that illegal? Also haggis and those foods with internal organs of animals. The thought of them grossed me out. But I miss all of those British influences in my life. They have all passed. Watching the GBBS feels like I'm around family again.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||10/04/2020|
[quote]They brought back blood pudding; wasn't that illegal?
Black pudding is fine, it’s the haggis that can’t be imported. Lungs are banned is the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 225||10/04/2020|
Marzipan is delicious, but a little goes a looooooooong way. A Swedish "princess cake" is a (mostly) unsweetened layer cake topped with a green layer of marzipan. It is my absolute favorite dessert and goes especially well with strong, black coffee. I lived near Stockholm during high school and this became my Achilles heel for sweets. There used to be a bakery around here that made them if you ordered one, but they went out of business years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||10/04/2020|
Oops, forgot the pic. Swedish princess cake.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||10/04/2020|
They made that cake on GBBO a few seasons back.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||10/04/2020|
[quote]it is some godawful concoction of organ meat
Are you thinking of sweetbreads? Whatever if it you're thinking of, it's not mincemeat.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||10/05/2020|
R227 That cake was a technical challenge on the show one year, and I think Mary Berry prepared one the Master Class program. Ever since I saw that cake on the program, I have wanted a piece.
I looked online for one, but it looks like it wouldn’t be suitable to ship one by mail.
It looks incredible.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||10/05/2020|
No, R229. It was mincemeat.
I am afraid to google sweetbreads.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||10/05/2020|
Another question for Brits: Why do so many bakers insist on using rose water? It's the kiss of death, akin to making risotto on Top Chef. Is rose water that common in your bakery? Why would anyone want to eat something that tastes like roses?
|by Anonymous||reply 232||10/05/2020|
[quote]No, [R229]. It was mincemeat
No. It wasn't. She may have called it mincemeat, but it was not mincemeat.
[quote]Why do so many bakers insist on using rose water?
Because they like it? I genuinely don't understand your question. Why else would they use a flavour other than they like it?
|by Anonymous||reply 233||10/05/2020|
[quote]No. It wasn't. She may have called it mincemeat, but it was not mincemeat.
Your boot is really a trunk. Your windscreen is a windshield. Your bonnet is a hood. And you drive on the wrong side of the road.
Words are sometimes used in different ways by different people. It does not mean they are wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||10/05/2020|
R234 Okay then, find me a recipe for mincemeat which matches what R231 was describing.
Also, the fact we were talking about mincemeat such as that used in mince pies means I can absolutely say that whatever was being described is not that kind of mincemeat.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||10/05/2020|
Why don't you go find a law that says that guy's Depression era mother of Slovak heritage cannot use the word "mincemeat" however she wants. That seems to be the word she used. It's definitely the word the guy learned.
You can denounce them both or you can expose yourself to a new idea. Either way, your Empire is gone for good and you don't get to decide these things for others.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||10/05/2020|
R236 The fuck is your problem? Whatever that guy is describing is clearly not the mincemeat which was being described in this thread. Get the fuck over yourself, Karen.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||10/05/2020|
It is really hard to tell if a lot of the words used in the show are just obscure baking terms or unique Britishisms.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||10/05/2020|
"mince" means to shred or grind up. so, it could be anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||10/05/2020|
"Meat" doesn't necessarily mean it comes from an animal. Ever hear of "nutmeats?"
|by Anonymous||reply 240||10/05/2020|
Rosewater is a common ingredient in middle Eastern sweets. Maybe that's more prevalent in the UK (and some of the GBBO contestants have middle Eastern heritage.)
|by Anonymous||reply 241||10/05/2020|
R240, no. Seriously, I have never heard of "nutmeats."
I looked it up and saw it was a real word, but I cannot say I ever heard it used.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||10/05/2020|
But, R241, the bakes who use it are most often criticized for the overuse of the ingredient. It is an unnecessary ingredient in most of the desserts, as is lavender.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||10/05/2020|
[quote]Ever hear of "nutmeats?"
Could you whisper that like three or four more times?
|by Anonymous||reply 244||10/05/2020|
Speaking of nuts...
|by Anonymous||reply 245||10/05/2020|
Wikipedia is your friend, mincemeat discussers! Waaaaay back in the day (the 1400s), yes, it contained meat (fermented meat!). Now it does not (usually) contain meat, depending on local custom, but can use beef suet. It is certainly an acquired taste. My mother buys a couple jars of prepared mincemeat (which has no meat) and doctors it up a bit (brandy, chopped fresh apples, etc.). It is the only dessert pie I would rather not eat.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||10/05/2020|
R246 Yes, we've already discussed how it used to have meat. But nothing like what that one poster was describing.
Fanny Cradock recommended keeping your mincemeat for a year before using it.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||10/05/2020|
I shudder to think about where Fanny stored her mincemeat for a year before using it.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||10/05/2020|
Ha, I do at least admire the mince pies and crepes she made, encouraging people to fill generously. The omelette, on the other hand...
|by Anonymous||reply 249||10/05/2020|
When I was living in London over one Christmas there were two foods constantly being advertised on tv -- those miniature mincemeat pies and roasted potatoes. Both barely a blip over here in the U.S. and highly coveted and traditional in the U.K.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||10/05/2020|
This is a series the whole family can agree on -- and invite over the gay neighbor!
|by Anonymous||reply 251||10/05/2020|
R226, I have to brag - my husband made me a Princess Cake last year for my birthday - it was absolutely extraordinary. I can see developing an addiction to it, it’s just about the most perfect dessert there is.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||10/05/2020|
Yes, R251, please invite the gay neighbor.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||10/05/2020|
He sounds like a keeper Sparkle!
|by Anonymous||reply 254||10/05/2020|
R254, he is. 26 years together, so far. I’m a lucky man!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 255||10/05/2020|
Sultanas are what we call in the US call golden raisins.
|by Anonymous||reply 256||10/05/2020|
Please appreciate Noel's more subtle humor!
"I eat with my eyes. That's why I'm not allowed in restaurants."
|by Anonymous||reply 257||10/06/2020|
Matt and Rowan’s little exchanges over sausages and inches are the dictionary definition of bottom energy.
|by Anonymous||reply 258||10/06/2020|
Rowan has got to get it together next time or he will go.
The silver fox did not look pleased.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||10/06/2020|
I liked Mak. He is handsome. Great wolfman vibe going on.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||10/06/2020|
R259, Rowan should have gone THIS time. He has not been good at all so far.
|by Anonymous||reply 261||10/06/2020|
So there's only one gay male contestant this year? I've lost track.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||10/06/2020|
No. Noel Fielding is still physically repulsive and completely fucking annoying. I haven't watched since I turned it off halfway through his first episode...however long ago that was.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||10/06/2020|
I thought Noel worked well with Sandi.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||10/06/2020|
I did, too. Sandi's maternal air worked well with Noel's little boy antics.
I think he and Matt are finding their stride. Sometimes their bits are downright embarrassing.
The biscuit episode is better for the two of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 265||10/06/2020|
R263 Here. R264 Sandi wasn't terrible. I just really, REALLY CANNOT FUCKING STAND Noel Fielding.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||10/06/2020|
I get it. He's like 98% dark chocolate. You have to have a certain palate.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||10/06/2020|
[quote]So there's only one gay male contestant this year? I've lost track.
I think the jury's still out on Peter.
Mak pinged big time, but apparently he has a wife.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||10/06/2020|
I'm a happy cow now
Because it's vegan week
|by Anonymous||reply 269||10/06/2020|
What about the prissy antique collector?
|by Anonymous||reply 270||10/07/2020|
"The comments were not entirely positive."
Oh, Rowan. I'd say never change, but there is zero chance of you ever changing.
Hermine is fun to watch. She's just having a good time.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||10/07/2020|
What episode is the majority of the thread on? Don't want to risk spoilers.
Does seem slightly odd that there's two NHS workers and a guy who works in public health for developing nations who can take time off for a baking competition right now.
Peter and his brother...yes please.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||10/07/2020|
So far we’re up to episode 2, r72. So you’re clear to read all the replies if you’ve seen the first two eps.
|by Anonymous||reply 273||10/07/2020|
R273 Thank you, I meant I wanted to avoid giving spoilers, as we've just had the third episode here.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||10/07/2020|
Oh, thanks for that! In America we get the new episodes on fridays, so spoiler alerts would be appreciated if you post episode related stuff before that. Thanks! 🙂
|by Anonymous||reply 275||10/07/2020|
Well that was a major cat fight. I would be pissed if someone tampered with my ingredients.
|by Anonymous||reply 276||10/07/2020|
I thought the show airs new episodes on Fridays?
|by Anonymous||reply 277||10/07/2020|
R277 Tuesdays in the UK.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||10/07/2020|
Random question - for the American broadcast, did they keep Matt's Boris skit from the first episode?
|by Anonymous||reply 279||10/07/2020|
No. The American broadcast is on Netflix and they cut the whole Boris skit!
|by Anonymous||reply 280||10/07/2020|
Thanks, R280, and that's a shame, but makes sense I guess. I wonder if there are any more little bits they cut for being a bit too British. Though I don't wonder so much to actually watch the same episode twice to compare!
|by Anonymous||reply 281||10/07/2020|
I've been resisting the temptation to post much until the episode is available in the USA.
But I can't wait to discuss Marc beating Paul with his prosthetic leg.
Or am I?
|by Anonymous||reply 282||10/07/2020|
Boris skit? Is that the SNL type opening the show did in the first episode?
|by Anonymous||reply 283||10/07/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 284||10/07/2020|
Just watch the third episode now on hdclump.com
|by Anonymous||reply 285||10/07/2020|
R280, they had the Boris skit on Netflix in the US. It opened the first episode..
|by Anonymous||reply 286||10/07/2020|
Do you work at Trump's WH? They had the Boris skit! Matt was very good. We recognized those plummy tones instantly, even in the U.S.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||10/07/2020|
Another American who saw the BoJo sketch.
|by Anonymous||reply 288||10/07/2020|
peter and his bro with those pink, pink lips and hands, you know they have pink, pink cockheads under the foreskin.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||10/07/2020|
R289 They look quite similar, I wonder if they're twins. They also seem very close...
|by Anonymous||reply 290||10/07/2020|
Passionfruit is another ingredient that GBBO bakers seem disproportionately fond of. Some seasons more than others. I can't relate at all, I guess partly because it isn't that common here in the US, but it also looks disgusting. And it doesn't sound like it has all that much flavor, anyway.
I'm glad others here get Noel, too. I haven't watched anything else he's been in, but he seems sweet and strange.
|by Anonymous||reply 291||10/07/2020|
^ I make a killer passionfruit curd.
|by Anonymous||reply 292||10/07/2020|
I can see why the production company is called Love Productions. The show is so humanistic and sweet, a real pleasure to watch. This cast is probably the most appealing in recent memory. The big blond girl is very pretty and seems connected emotionally to the other bakers, particularly Mark. The scene with his daughters was genuinely touching. Rowan was the right choice to send away, but this episode he came across like a very sweet guy. A few odd dick jokes landed flat, but it was a good episode of a really great show. The goth chic is a better technical baker than it seems, she might be a dark horse winner.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||10/09/2020|
[quote]I can see why the production company is called Love Productions.
Some of Love’s other productions:
Famous, Rich, and Homeless
Tower Block of Commons
Young, Autistic & Stagestruck
The Baby Borrowers
Young Mums' Mansion
Make Bradford British
Underage and Having Sex
8 Boys And Wanting A Girl
Britain's Youngest Boarders
|by Anonymous||reply 294||10/09/2020|
I didn’t know Mark had a fake leg. Has he mentioned it before this episode (the third)? I liked his showstopper- very colorful
But I loved the cow that older lady made. It was adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 295||10/09/2020|
REALLY WHAT AN INNOCENT CUNT!
|by Anonymous||reply 296||10/09/2020|
BRITS LUV A SOB STORY!
|by Anonymous||reply 297||10/09/2020|
R295, he did not have to mention it. We saw it when he wore shorts.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||10/09/2020|
r294 I watched 'Benefits Street' on YouTube, very tabloidish.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||10/09/2020|
I watch it on netflix and saw the Boris skit. not sure what r280 is smoking.
Peter is adorable, and i will miss Rowan.
|by Anonymous||reply 300||10/09/2020|
The Baby Borrowers was the worst of Love’s productions. Babies, as well as older children with ADHD and cystic fibrosis, were removed from their parents and handed over to teenaged couples for three days. They also took care of elderly people, some of whom appeared to have dementia.
There were nannies on call for the inevitable disasters but they were just as bad as the teenagers. If I remember correctly, one recommended letting a toddler sit in its own shit after a toilet-training accident.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||10/09/2020|
Kids are cunts.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||10/09/2020|
I would have lost it if either Peter or Dave went home already. They need to stay!
|by Anonymous||reply 303||10/09/2020|
Dave knocked up his wife?
What about ME?
|by Anonymous||reply 304||10/09/2020|
I so want to paddle Peter's bottom.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||10/09/2020|
R305 And have his brother watch
|by Anonymous||reply 306||10/10/2020|
Marzipan lambs are big in NYC Italian bakeries at Easter as well as the little hand-painted fruit.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||10/10/2020|
[quote]The Dying Art of Sicilian Marzipan
Hope for the world after all!
|by Anonymous||reply 308||10/10/2020|
This shows a mold and the process of making the little marzipan fruits.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||10/10/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 310||10/10/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 311||10/10/2020|
Rowan's show stopper looked superb. I believe he would have stayed another week if it had tasted good.
The guy with glasses, Pete and the goth lady all seem to be front runners.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||10/10/2020|
The savory soda breads look delicious.
|by Anonymous||reply 313||10/10/2020|
I want to try Hermine's smoked salmon and chives soda bread, which Paul raved over.
|by Anonymous||reply 314||10/10/2020|
Soda breads are always dry as Camilla's vagina.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||10/10/2020|
Copious amounts of butter are required for just that reason r315
|by Anonymous||reply 316||10/10/2020|
[quote]Dave knocked up his wife?
Paul referred to her as his wife, but in all of the introductory segments, she appears to be just his partner/girlfriend.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||10/10/2020|
The opening segments on Netflix are always different from the UK versions, if only because they have to change it up to call it "The Great British Baking Show" in the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||10/10/2020|
[quote]The goth chic is a better technical baker than it seems
Who is this referring to? I haven't noticed anyone particularly "goth-y," at least in my understanding of that word.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||10/10/2020|
[quote]Well that was a major cat fight. I would be pissed if someone tampered with my ingredients.
What is this about? Which episode?
|by Anonymous||reply 320||10/10/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 321||10/10/2020|
So no one's mentioned the complete lack of references to the LGBTQ community in connection with the rainbow bagels?
|by Anonymous||reply 322||10/10/2020|
Lottie is Goth? In what way? This is what I think of as Goth.
|by Anonymous||reply 323||10/10/2020|
The most pressing question raised by this episode: Will Paul ever see a musical in the West End?
|by Anonymous||reply 324||10/10/2020|
I think my Goth that poster meant she's perpetually scowling and in a bad mood. Kind of like that cartoon "Daria".
|by Anonymous||reply 325||10/10/2020|
Lottie is Agnes Angst.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||10/10/2020|
A goth wouldn't have the passion to bake. And it wouldn't look pleasing for any cooking show to see a goth bake and mumble about the futility of it all.
|by Anonymous||reply 327||10/10/2020|
Helena. During Noel's first season. She kept baking representations of dead things. Or things that ought to be dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||10/10/2020|
R328, Helena was funny... I knew her "walking dead" shtick would get tired after a few weeks. For her Halloween was every day.
|by Anonymous||reply 329||10/10/2020|
Bread week is always full of really disgusting food that defy the nature of bread.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||10/10/2020|
They have to make up weird things like a "Bread Plaque."
IRL who would want something like that?
|by Anonymous||reply 331||10/10/2020|
Did I hear correctly when they said that rainbow bagels were an American thing? In what part of America might that be?
|by Anonymous||reply 332||10/10/2020|
18th and Castro?
|by Anonymous||reply 333||10/10/2020|
R322 Since the pandemic started the rainbow has become a sign for the NHS over here, it has rather sidelined the gay community in that sense
|by Anonymous||reply 334||10/10/2020|
No one will ever surpass "Prison Paul's" lion bread plaque.
|by Anonymous||reply 335||10/10/2020|
Paul came back for a Christmas special and he did great. I think it's the first Christmas episode on Netflix. He's definitely one of my all-time favorites.
|by Anonymous||reply 336||10/10/2020|
Mmm, Prison Paul. I’m glad construction worker Richard gave him the confidence to apply for the show. Otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten bread lion! Is that the only bake that has received a special award?
|by Anonymous||reply 337||10/10/2020|
An Extra Slice #3, featuring Rowan
|by Anonymous||reply 338||10/10/2020|
Goth as in she has a nose piercing and several in one of her ears. Also heavy black eye makeup.
|by Anonymous||reply 339||10/10/2020|
Two mega-goths wearing black and eating pancakes before bravely defying the sunlight to do a bit of brass rubbing.
|by Anonymous||reply 340||10/10/2020|
Marc seems like a sweetheart. Did they explain how he lost leg and why he's a single father?
|by Anonymous||reply 341||10/10/2020|
On Extra Slice, they said Peter's brother (the gluten-intolerant one) was his twin. Did they ever say they were twins on the show? I could've sworn they only said they were brothers.
|by Anonymous||reply 342||10/10/2020|
r341, a wood chipper accident.
|by Anonymous||reply 343||10/10/2020|
R342 No it's never been said. Could just be Aisling assuming, though does seem a fair assumption to make.
|by Anonymous||reply 344||10/11/2020|
Peter's brother is older.
|by Anonymous||reply 345||10/11/2020|
I make it a point to never trust someone who is "badminton mad".
|by Anonymous||reply 346||10/11/2020|
Nice twinky body. The rest of his IG is mostly stuff he's baked, the only other people he has photos with are his brother and parents.
|by Anonymous||reply 347||10/11/2020|
[quote]Lottie is Agnes Angst.
It's AGNUS, you SPECK!
|by Anonymous||reply 348||10/11/2020|
Nobody pays any attention to Dracula's Daughter r348.
|by Anonymous||reply 349||10/11/2020|
Well played, R348.
I just had my ass handed to me, right and proper.
|by Anonymous||reply 350||10/11/2020|
Please stop talking about that cake!
|by Anonymous||reply 351||10/11/2020|
I don't think this counts as a spoiler but this episode (chocolate week) I think saw Peter at his most puppyish. When the judges come over to him to judge him in the first task, he really did look like a puppy.
Also, the men have very shiny smooth looking legs.
|by Anonymous||reply 352||10/14/2020|
Peter is adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 353||10/14/2020|
I want a Prugasm.
|by Anonymous||reply 354||10/14/2020|
Chocolate week for those who can't wait.
|by Anonymous||reply 355||10/14/2020|
R355 Oh, good on you. x
|by Anonymous||reply 356||10/14/2020|
Do British people not like brownies? I can make amazing brownies in my sleep, and I wouldn’t consider myself an advanced baker. They’re not that complicated!
|by Anonymous||reply 357||10/14/2020|
Brownies are very American. But they also went too complicated and busy.
|by Anonymous||reply 358||10/14/2020|
If they don't have marzipan, meringue, rosewater, or creme patisserie, they're doomed.
|by Anonymous||reply 359||10/14/2020|
I needed a break after those brutal brownies. Flashbacks to that season of Irish Bake Off when most of the bakers just weren't up to snuff and the judge quickly developed a thousand yard stare.
|by Anonymous||reply 360||10/14/2020|
Okay, so the three versions of mincemeat mentioned in this thread is some organ meat concoction, a ground beef and vegetable mix, and a sweet hash of ground up fruit and nuts.
Just imagine if you confuse one for the other.....
|by Anonymous||reply 361||10/14/2020|
Poor Sura, but what the hell did white chocolate ever do to her?
I feel like there aren't clear front runners yet. Peter and Dave have a bit of lead but not a massive one.
|by Anonymous||reply 362||10/15/2020|
Peter is definitely a virgin.
|by Anonymous||reply 363||10/15/2020|
True, brownies aren't difficult and they'd all made them before, but the 90 minutes allowed was very tight, even for basic ones, and they went fancy.
|by Anonymous||reply 364||10/15/2020|
Not sure about Peter's virgin status - there's an instagram find on a Famous Males thread that suggests he has a different side.
|by Anonymous||reply 365||10/15/2020|
R365 The black sequin bikini says he's not as innocent as he looks.
|by Anonymous||reply 366||10/15/2020|
I choose to believe he's a virgin and the black speedo is a joke costume. Don't shatter my fantasy.
|by Anonymous||reply 367||10/15/2020|
What's your fantasy? Woman shows ankle to chimneysweep's shock?
|by Anonymous||reply 368||10/15/2020|
Looks like an outfit Charlene Tilton would have worn in 1982 or so.
|by Anonymous||reply 369||10/15/2020|
So are we not doing spoilers for those who want to watch at the US pace?
R365 Nice find, his on-screen persona is a bit too nice..."oh, crumbs" and whatnot. I bet he's a slag really. Also, does seem a bit obsessed with his brother.
|by Anonymous||reply 370||10/15/2020|
Are virgin and slag the only options?
|by Anonymous||reply 371||10/15/2020|
R371 Who said they were?
|by Anonymous||reply 372||10/15/2020|
Not aren't they the only options, I'm not sure they are even mutually exclusive r371.
|by Anonymous||reply 373||10/15/2020|
Any interest I might have had in the young lad in the sequined bikini went out the window when I saw the pink camisole top.
|by Anonymous||reply 374||10/15/2020|
Good point, 373. Anal doesn't count.
|by Anonymous||reply 375||10/15/2020|
That's why it's a party joke, R 374.
|by Anonymous||reply 376||10/15/2020|
Whatever, R376. Whatever.
Whatever it is, it's still a boner killer.
|by Anonymous||reply 377||10/15/2020|
[quote]it's still a boner killer.
A favorite pastime on the Datalounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 378||10/15/2020|
Meanwhile, Americans are stuck watching shit like this.
|by Anonymous||reply 379||10/15/2020|
Although WCiA gave us hottie Zack Ignoffo this year.
|by Anonymous||reply 380||10/15/2020|
R379 Nailed it is also, shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 381||10/15/2020|
Paul is not happy with the bakers this year...especially after the brownies disaster. I'm wondering if they didn't get the best bakers because they didn't want to quarantine...
|by Anonymous||reply 382||10/15/2020|
The bakers were all bubbling together and recording every two days; in previous years, they did the filming at weekends and had five free days between recordings to practise and re-evaluate and refine their bakes. Rowan, for example, didn't really have the time to react to Paul and Prue's criticisms for the six bakes he had prepared for recording across a six day period (3 signatures and 3 showstoppers). In some ways it is really a different competition from previous years.
|by Anonymous||reply 383||10/15/2020|
The brownie challenge was just a disaster. I don’t know anyone who bakes even a little who can’t knock out perfectly good brownies within 90 minutes.
|by Anonymous||reply 384||10/15/2020|
I can't wait to see this episode tomorrow.
How can you fuck up a brownie?
|by Anonymous||reply 385||10/15/2020|
[quote]How can you fuck up a brownie?
|by Anonymous||reply 386||10/15/2020|
^^Nine ways, I meant to write.
|by Anonymous||reply 387||10/15/2020|
One of the bakers explained it really well. They all tried to do too much instead of keeping it simple which great brownies are. You can add an ingredient to spice it up but these bakers did figs, meranges, cheesecake and multiple things instead of just making a simple gooey but cooked brownie.
|by Anonymous||reply 388||10/16/2020|
Part of the problem is per the legal rules of the show, they have to use recipes of their own invention. So it’s easier to do crazy stuff like make a scale model of your favourite Seven Wonder of the World out of nougat, than a standard like brownies, since most people who bake brownies regularly probably have a standard recipe they’ve been using for years. But for Bake Off they wouldn’t be allowed to use that recipe due to copyright.
There are only so many ways to bake a brownie, so it’s harder than it looks to come up with a recipe that is unique.
|by Anonymous||reply 389||10/16/2020|
R388, several of them, and indeed the judges, also said 90 minutes was tight for even a simple brownie - it was deliberately made difficult; presumably they didn't feel they could get away with just a 'simple' bake (P&P very often complain if things are too basic) - wrongly, in retrospect, but understandable.
|by Anonymous||reply 390||10/16/2020|
I agree the time constraint made it non-trivial, but it was weird how many of them had time management issues. If you know they need 20 minutes to cool you have to work backward from that. And maybe don't plan on fancy decorating. You could do marbling instead.
I almost wonder if there was some kind of backstage shenanigans. Surely these bakers can get brownies in the oven in 15 minutes.
|by Anonymous||reply 391||10/16/2020|
I've never baked brownies, so forgive what might be a stupid question, but could the heat have played a part, like it did in the other challenges?
|by Anonymous||reply 392||10/16/2020|
R389, you're wrong -- recipes are not covered by copyright law, and there is no such restriction on the contestants. Besides, how would the production staff ever know if a recipe that is submitted by a contestant was previously published by Ina Garten or Jacques Pepin or Aunt Sandy? You think they're going to scan every cookbook ever published to be sure?
|by Anonymous||reply 393||10/16/2020|
R383 There's also the issue of Rowan being a silly queen who couldn't bake worth a shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 394||10/16/2020|
TBH, this really isn't a good season. Last season was very well cast; lots of interesting people and all those cute gays, but this year isn't very cute and everyone truly is very much an amateur baker....meaning they all kinda suck.
Though, it's not as annoying as the season before last when the annoying Rahul won.
|by Anonymous||reply 395||10/16/2020|
R394 I'd be genuinely interested to see what he would've come up with without the time restraint.
|by Anonymous||reply 396||10/16/2020|
How common are brownies in Britain?
|by Anonymous||reply 397||10/16/2020|
Not as common as Scouts
|by Anonymous||reply 398||10/16/2020|
Recipes are absolutely covered by copyright law if they are published, and numerous former Bake Off contestants have gone on record as saying one of the requirements of the show is creating all your own recipes, because often recipes from the bakers are included in the official GBBO cookbooks.
Obviously if you want to use a very standard Victoria Sponge recipe and modulate it that’d be fine, or if you wanted to steal from something obscure maybe you’d get away with it, but you can’t go on Bake Off and just bake Nigella’s devils food cake or whatever.
That’s the reason all the contestants have to submit all their recipes (iirc for the first six weeks) far ahead of time.. And why it sucks for people who leave in the first week or two, they did all that work coming up with and testing recipes for challenges they never get to make.
|by Anonymous||reply 399||10/16/2020|
Ooh! You hit on one of my pet peeves about this show! Why do almost all of the contestants on every season pronounce "crème pâtissière" the way you spelled it? It should be krem pah-tiss-ee-YARE. And this week we were again treated to people pronouncing "genoise" like Genoese. Maybe that's an acceptable alternate pronunciation in the UK, but it sounds all wrong to me. It should be zhen-WAHZ.
|by Anonymous||reply 400||10/16/2020|
I'm hoping the nice person who links us to "An Extra Slice" each week is still with us!
|by Anonymous||reply 401||10/16/2020|
Two of the brownie recipes attempted to incorporate a s'mores flavor, but do they even have s'mores in Britain? I thought graham crackers were unheard of there. Maybe they substitute digestive biscuits?
|by Anonymous||reply 402||10/16/2020|
Recipe ingredients are not copyright. You could publish NIgella Lawson's recipes (without using her name) but only the ingredients, with no legal problem. The method to the recipe, if copied word-for-word from the published text, could be considered infringement of copyright. This applies to both the UK and the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 403||10/16/2020|
[quote]Recipes are absolutely covered by copyright law if they are published, and numerous former Bake Off contestants have gone on record as saying one of the requirements of the show is creating all your own recipes
While that may be a requirement of the show, under both US and UK law a recipe is treated as a list of ingredients combined with a list of instructions, thereby creating a collection of facts with a functional purpose — function, facts, and lists are not covered under the law. Further, one can't copyright an idea.
A written introduction to a recipe and any commentary provided by the author falls under the category of original literary work and is therefore covered.
|by Anonymous||reply 404||10/16/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 405||10/16/2020|
So if I take Nigella's recipe for Eclairs, and a new ingredient such as 1/8 teaspoon of white pepper, is it suddenly a new recipe?
|by Anonymous||reply 406||10/16/2020|
and add a new ingredient...
|by Anonymous||reply 407||10/16/2020|
Yes that’s right, R406.
|by Anonymous||reply 408||10/16/2020|
It's basically a requirement to cover the arse of the producers, so if some author of a cookbook does decide to try and sue, they can say "not out fault, we were lied to, sue the person directly". Clause 12 at the link.
|by Anonymous||reply 409||10/16/2020|
You can take her recipe and call it R406’s Magical Never-Been-Made-Before Eclairs and that’s what it will be. For purposes of legality, however, there would be no need for you to go to the trouble of adding or changing anything.
Just remember to remove anything that isn’t fact, function, method, etc., such as the anecdote in her header about standing in front of the refrigerator and sucking down two dozen of them at midnight.
|by Anonymous||reply 410||10/16/2020|
I'm thoroughly unimpressed by Peter. The way you all go on about him, I do believe you've never seen an actual attractive Scotsman before.
Mark (Northern Irish) and Lottie are my two favorite characters. I'm very let down by the quality of the bakes this season. It does feel as if all the competitors were lifted from the wait list.
|by Anonymous||reply 411||10/16/2020|
But the copyright restriction only covers publication of the recipes, not the use.
If it were not for the publication, the balers could use any published recipe they wanted as long as they did not give it on the air.
(Just like a person can be on screen reading a book without violating copyright. The only problem is if they start reading aloud.)
|by Anonymous||reply 412||10/16/2020|
The competitors were lifted from the group who consented to be quarantined for the duration.
|by Anonymous||reply 413||10/16/2020|
I love Paul Allen.
|by Anonymous||reply 414||10/16/2020|
Correct, r412. The rule about not using published recipes is in place to cover the eventuality that Love Productions/C4 want to publish some of the recipes themselves. It’s simply easier for them to insist that all the recipes used are original, than have to figure out which recipes can be published and which ones can’t.
|by Anonymous||reply 415||10/17/2020|
"A génoise, also known as Genoese cake or Genovese cake, is an Italian sponge cake named after the city of Genoa"
|by Anonymous||reply 416||10/17/2020|
No excuse for the creme pat confusion though.
|by Anonymous||reply 417||10/17/2020|
Don't get me started on how they pronounce bara brith.
|by Anonymous||reply 418||10/17/2020|
R400 We do it on purpose to annoy the French. Most of the things we do in Britain can ultimately be traced back to annoying the French. The rest are to annoy the Germans.
|by Anonymous||reply 419||10/17/2020|
It's been pointed out, by 413 most recently, that it's not a normal year and comparing the contestants to previous years is unfair. It is a differently chosen group (prepared to go into quarantine for the duration) operating under very different conditions, with much less time to prepare their bakes and take on board criticisms and comments. We're lucky to have it at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 420||10/17/2020|
[quote]it's not a normal year and comparing the contestants to previous years is unfair
No it isn't. What the fuck else are supposed to compare them to.
|by Anonymous||reply 421||10/17/2020|
Under the same conditions, previous years' contestants might have been 'not as good'. It's perfectly reasonable to make allowances for different conditions. And there have been plenty of 'bad weeks' through Bake-Off's history. Plus, it's still early in the series.
|by Anonymous||reply 422||10/17/2020|
This year is much more interesting. The bakers' experience, skill, and knowledge, are all right up front for everyone to examine. I always thought the week of practicing was strange. Now we see them au naturale, so to speak. At the end of the series, we will know who has the goods and who does not.
The producers blew it with the brownies. 2 hours would have been barely sufficient to accomplish the assignment. 30 to bake and 30 to cool. Leaving them only 30 minutes to make the effing batter and trim the g.d. brownie This was insufficient, unless the goal was to get footage of everyone stressed and failing. There should be plenty of that without intervening weeks to practice, practice, practice.
|by Anonymous||reply 423||10/17/2020|
Was it last season when hardly anyone knew how to make a choux pastry? We could also look at the very early seasons when the tasks were much more simple. I didn't like it last year when they had all the young kids and few older bakers. And I don't think we can say this year's group is particularly worse than others, especially this early on. Chocolate week is always rough, anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 424||10/17/2020|
Datalounge will bitch about anything
Sura should be beheaded for diluting white chocolate with WATER. Any baker should know that would add excessive moisture. Paul and Prue horrified looks when Sura was saying this meant that she was going to kicked off right then.
|by Anonymous||reply 425||10/17/2020|
I'm not even sure there's a big difference between the amount of practice these bakers get and the previous seasons. They have two whole days in the bubble to do whatever they want, versus going home and baking between all the obligations of normal life.
|by Anonymous||reply 426||10/17/2020|
they have practise kitchens.
|by Anonymous||reply 427||10/17/2020|
The published recipe thing is stupid. How in the world would anyone know that what they are doing hasn't already been published somewhere? It isn't like they can know what is in every cookbook ever published.
Also, brownies are one of the absolute best baked goods ever, but everyone also knows that the best part of the brownies are the edges. There are even pans made that allow you to have many more edges. Trimming the edges is a crime against humanity.
|by Anonymous||reply 428||10/17/2020|
Wow they all messed up on that brownie challenge. I agree the skills of this cast are uneven. But the cast is very appealing and the show’s composition overall is (to me) still a pleasure to watch.
Paul seems disconnected to some of the humor transpiring between Noel and Matt (I think I registered some “side eye” glances from Paul during the presenter’s strained bits of humor).
Paul and Pru seem determined to be honest but overall kind. I am really enjoying Pru. She is strangely telegenic for someone with such unusual style. She is just awesome.
These bakers are all over the place in terms of skill and creative output, but they seem very kind and cohesive. It’s turning out to be a great season.
|by Anonymous||reply 429||10/17/2020|
[quote]These bakers are all over the place in terms of skill and creative output, but they seem very kind and cohesive.
I think the lockdown has a lot to do with the kindness between the bakers. Instead of only seeing each other every weekend, they are all confined together all the time. They show short clips of the lockdown on An Extra Slice and all the bakers are hanging out together. Paul even made pizza for everyone one night.
|by Anonymous||reply 430||10/17/2020|
I am totally unable to remember a season where the bakers were not kind and cohesive. They always assist one another in times of need and are unfailingly affectionate toward one another
It is the unique feature that sets this apart from all other similar shows and the reason that it is the only one I find watchable.
|by Anonymous||reply 431||10/17/2020|
Matt keeps coming on to Paul with his over-the-top gay humor.
Paul's just not interested, hence the side-eye.
|by Anonymous||reply 432||10/17/2020|
True, Paul thinks they are going to make a gay joke about him.
|by Anonymous||reply 433||10/17/2020|
Peter's obsession/devotion to his brother and making baked goods in his honor is just... odd.
I make Mark Bittman's brownies. They are dead simple, foolproof and delicious. Prue and Paul would ding them for not having rosettes, gold leaf or sparklers, but the brownies would get points for taste and texture.
|by Anonymous||reply 434||10/17/2020|
Too bad Sura had such a terrible week. She was one of the most talented.
The brownie fiasco was in part because nobody made a plain brownie. They had to stuff it with crap like figs and cheesecake.
|by Anonymous||reply 435||10/17/2020|
I would imagine that the producers encourage them to honor family, friends etc. It makes the series more homey.
I know this is so mean, but it's a shame that both of the older lady's (grey bun, really nice personality) homages to dead relatives have failed spectacularly. There was the ambulance that looked like a brick. And then there was something on the chocolate episode. I and my terribly cruel son couldn't help snickering.
|by Anonymous||reply 436||10/17/2020|
Bro like li'l bro's cakes. Gluten free!
|by Anonymous||reply 437||10/17/2020|
[quote] I and my terribly cruel son couldn't help snickering.
Matt? Matt Gaetz, is that you?
|by Anonymous||reply 438||10/17/2020|
There was one series years ago (back on the BBC) where it was rumoured that the bakers had split into two factions or cliques, with the two sides not getting along. Some of the bakers from that year have discussed their experience and generally were not entirely positive about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 439||10/17/2020|
The only brownies you'll ever need to make are Katharine Hepburn's recipe, linked below.
You're welcome, fat whores.
|by Anonymous||reply 440||10/17/2020|
No nuts in brownies, R440. That's a deal-breaker.
|by Anonymous||reply 441||10/17/2020|
Those are walnuts, right? Some old lady made those for covered dish church events and they were great.
|by Anonymous||reply 442||10/17/2020|
I got a wicked case of food poisoning from Kate Hepburn's recipe. It's baked at a lower temperature, and I made the mistake of leaving the leftovers on the kitchen counter. The following night at 3 AM there was projectile vomiting and profuse diarrhea.
|by Anonymous||reply 443||10/17/2020|
R443 But outside of that, it was good, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 444||10/17/2020|
r443, is that you, Meryl?
|by Anonymous||reply 445||10/17/2020|
R443 is full of shit (NOT caused by Kate's delicious brownies).
|by Anonymous||reply 446||10/17/2020|
R443 Yep, that’s food poisoning. It’s very serious because you can have a stroke from the trauma of it (combined with the change in your blood’s viscosity from losing so much fluid). You may have also felt like you’d been hit by a car afterwards because you actually strain the accessory muscles of your thorax vomiting so violently. It’s so serious and unpleasant. You may also have bloodshot eyes from the ocular pressure during your body’s violent expulsion of the microbes. If you drink Gatorade to rehydrate, you may never, ever want to taste it again because your senses will link the flavor of it to the food poisoning episode. Undercooked eggs and poultry...no, no.
|by Anonymous||reply 447||10/17/2020|
R447 yes what was described sounds like food poisoning, but nothing about a baked good would have caused it. Salmonella, for instance, is killed at 160 degrees
|by Anonymous||reply 448||10/17/2020|
That show is absolutely the worst. That Paul fucking Hollywood and that Mary Berry are ghastly. Matt Lucas seems to have improved things so I hear, but I can't bear to watch it's so awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 449||10/17/2020|
I like the blue fridges! If I needed a second fridge (or had somewhere to put one) I’d get a fridge this color.
And Mak looks cute here, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 450||10/17/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 451||10/17/2020|
I got a wicked case of food poisoning from Kate Hepburn's cooch.
|by Anonymous||reply 452||10/17/2020|
They're calling it GB-BO. More like BO for tv. Gross, and they all have bad teeths (sic).
|by Anonymous||reply 453||10/17/2020|
[quote]That show is absolutely the worst. That Paul fucking Hollywood and that Mary Berry are ghastly.
Mary Berry hasn't been on the show for several years. Try to keep up.
|by Anonymous||reply 454||10/17/2020|
[quote] Mary Berry hasn't been on the show for several years.
That's why she is now a dame.
|by Anonymous||reply 455||10/17/2020|
Mary Berry has a new show.
|by Anonymous||reply 456||10/17/2020|
Mary Berry needs new teeth.
|by Anonymous||reply 457||10/17/2020|
all brits do.
|by Anonymous||reply 458||10/17/2020|
She's a dame like LIz Taylor, couldn't Mary get new teeth with the medal?
|by Anonymous||reply 459||10/17/2020|
I think Mark is kinda cute. I’m envious of his hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 460||10/17/2020|
R460 types fat and bald.
|by Anonymous||reply 461||10/17/2020|
The worst part of it was having to clean up the puke while I was still sick.
|by Anonymous||reply 462||10/17/2020|
An Extra Slice, pt 4.
|by Anonymous||reply 463||Last Sunday at 7:21 AM|
I could stare at Mark's hair all day.
|by Anonymous||reply 464||Last Sunday at 7:51 AM|
I agree that Peter's degree of focus on his brother is strange. Is there no one else in their family?
Why didn't the judges have anything bad to say about the fig brownies' appearance? I was appalled. They looked like hamburgers with a mess of mushrooms on top. The "upside-down fig brownie" concept is the very definition of unnecessary. Ain't nobody want that.
For the person who mentioned the older woman's failed family tributes, on the chocolate episode it was her little dead daughter. I can understand your laughing--it's just so awful, isn't it? Her sweet daughter, "a little English rose," and the cake turns out terrible.
I thought her babka turned out stunning. It looked absolutely perfect, and since she had no previous experience with them, I think this speaks to her mastery of home baking.
|by Anonymous||reply 465||Last Sunday at 8:14 AM|
R485 the old woman’s daughter was retarded and 18 years old when she died. Hardly a “little dead daughter.”
|by Anonymous||reply 466||Last Sunday at 8:57 AM|
New one on the clump.
|by Anonymous||reply 467||Last Wednesday at 2:17 AM|
"Great British Bake Off viewers 'in horror' after Cornish pasty challenge 'Cornish Pasties have European-wide protected status... Praying for Cornwall at this difficult time.'"
|by Anonymous||reply 468||Last Wednesday at 5:01 AM|
Excuse me, Linda is only 61. She is not old. Not by a long shot, whippersnapper @ R466!
|by Anonymous||reply 469||Last Wednesday at 5:02 AM|
Here is the new episode in case someone wants to peek, Just don't post spoilers.
|by Anonymous||reply 470||Last Wednesday at 5:06 AM|
"The traditional Cornish pasty, which since 2011 has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe. Therefor you should not call anything that is made outside of Cornwall a Cornish Pasty."
|by Anonymous||reply 471||Last Wednesday at 5:12 AM|
At last, we get something to offend us! We've joined the club!
|by Anonymous||reply 472||Last Wednesday at 5:42 AM|
It really is appalling.
|by Anonymous||reply 473||Last Wednesday at 5:44 AM|
Susan Collins on the non-traditional Cornish pasties.
|by Anonymous||reply 474||Last Wednesday at 5:48 AM|
Oh god, those idiots really do take that shit seriously as well. It's as bad as the people who get upset over jam or cream first on a scone.
|by Anonymous||reply 475||Last Wednesday at 9:39 AM|
France ought to be traumatized by those eclairs. And by Lottie trying to pass off a mille feuille as a tart.
Now...should I change my user name to Thunder Fingers or Upmarket Tart?
|by Anonymous||reply 476||Last Wednesday at 9:41 AM|
And what about the rainbow bagels?
I was not outraged.
|by Anonymous||reply 477||Last Wednesday at 9:48 AM|
New episode is out! Loved it but sad at who went home. When can we discuss spoilers?!
|by Anonymous||reply 478||20 hours ago|
Lottie's voice drives me batty. It's so studiedly blasé and nasal. I also hate nose rings. So there. She can go home next week, as far as I care. I think she'll last a little longer, though; there are at least two people who are flagging and might have been sent home this week.
|by Anonymous||reply 479||20 hours ago|
[quote]When can we discuss spoilers?
You should wait at least 7-8 years, and then someone will still cry because you spoiled it. That’s what happens when you pander to infants.
|by Anonymous||reply 480||20 hours ago|
"When can we discuss spoilers?!"
Since the entire episode has been posted above since Wednesday, I think it's okay.
|by Anonymous||reply 481||20 hours ago|
The directions for the technical seemed a little unfair. I am pretty sure they implied the directions for the technical were to make a choux pastry. I was under the impression that they were all amateur bakers. So, how would they all have a choux pastry recipe on hand? Or, maybe that is one of the requirements of the show? It seemed unnecessary to leave out those directions since its the technique and finesse they are looking for in the end.
|by Anonymous||reply 482||20 hours ago|
[quote]When can we discuss spoilers?
I think the courteous thing to do would be to wait until the Netflix episode has dropped (Fridays.) But since I know people will be discussing it after the Tuesday UK airing, I just avoid this topic until I've seen the episode myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 483||19 hours ago|
[quote]Now...should I change my user name to Thunder Fingers or Upmarket Tart?
I don't know, but new band name is Paul Hollywood's Bum Bag.
|by Anonymous||reply 484||19 hours ago|
|by Anonymous||reply 485||19 hours ago|
Or a smart person would wait and just skip the thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 486||19 hours ago|
Peter! oh no!!
|by Anonymous||reply 487||19 hours ago|
Most of them seem so nice that I am sad to see them go. Poor Linda, but she did the greatest Reality TV sin of them all: Declare that it's her week to shine, for sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 488||17 hours ago|
Most of them seem so nice that I am sad to see them go. Poor Linda, but she did the greatest Reality TV sin of them all: Declare that it's her week to shine, for sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 489||17 hours ago|
What exactly caused her eclairs to go wrong the way they did?
|by Anonymous||reply 490||13 hours ago|
[quote]I don't know, but new band name is Paul Hollywood's Bum Bag.
Mine is Counting Crimps.
I often think the technical challenge is a bit mean. But on the other hand, choux isn't exactly obscure and they are meant to be the best amateur bakers in the nation. There have been much harder technicals.
I was getting a bit tense watching them handle their pastry cages!
I will miss Linda's enthusiasm and cheer.
Rooting for Mark and Hermine. I just find them charming.
|by Anonymous||reply 491||12 hours ago|
I think they mentioned she added (the wrong amount of?) flour.
|by Anonymous||reply 492||12 hours ago|
They have always expected people to be able to make the main sorts of pastry, including choux.
|by Anonymous||reply 493||11 hours ago|
None of them were using a knife dipped in water to tidily cut off and shape their eclairs!
|by Anonymous||reply 494||11 hours ago|
I liked Linda, she seems like a real decent person.
Laura’s cage was excellent. Decent enough to keep a little Peter in, lol.
|by Anonymous||reply 495||10 hours ago|
Laura channelling DL
|by Anonymous||reply 496||10 hours ago|
[quote] little Peter
Peter appears as tall as Noel who is 5’11”.
Huh...I thought that Goth cunt was taller than that.
|by Anonymous||reply 497||10 hours ago|
A little Peter. Matt asked Laura who she would keep in her cage and she said ‘a little Peter would be cute’ or something like that. He then asked what she’d do with him and she replied, “feed him cheese”
|by Anonymous||reply 498||10 hours ago|
|by Anonymous||reply 499||10 hours ago|
I’m sad Linda went home. I really liked her crazy energy and positivity. And she clearly has an interesting and challenging life with a special needs daughter who then died at 18.
There is a bit in the press in the UK saying Paul Hollywood is giving preferential treatment to Lottie because she’s young and attractive. Wouldn’t be the first time!
I Want both Marc’s/Mark’s to go a long way. And Hermine!
|by Anonymous||reply 500||9 hours ago|
I want Lottie to go home next. I like everyone else, though, and would be happy with any of them winning.
|by Anonymous||reply 501||9 hours ago|
Mel and Sue used to spend an inordinate amount of time talking to the young, cute women. and, on more than one occasion, in an effort to help, they would destroy the baked goods.
|by Anonymous||reply 502||9 hours ago|
Mel is a carpet muncher
Sue likes dick
|by Anonymous||reply 503||9 hours ago|
An Extra Slice - episode 5.
|by Anonymous||reply 504||9 hours ago|
Lottie is the only one who is "on" as in performing for the camera with her dark and ominous stare like she's planning to kill her competition and rape Hollywood with a strap on.
|by Anonymous||reply 505||9 hours ago|