new GBBO – fancy bakes and fancy specs

as has been mentioned in a previous blog , I love watching Great British Bake Off , it is fun friendly nice programme and the contestants genuinely seem to get on well and actually want each other to succeed. ( If we ignore freezergate from the 2014 series)


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I was looking forward to the move from BBC to Channel 4 – not that I have anything against the good old beeb but I do like Sandy Toksvig and Noel Fielding. The new batch of contestants are great , the baking is superb and I think that Sandy Noel and Pru Leith have all added to the show, whilst Paul Hollywood is still keeping all the contestants waiting for that sought after handshake. Sandy in particular really seems emotionally caught up in the success and failures of the contestants and I do like Noel’s fashion sense.



With my optical hat on I do look forward each week to see what specs Pru will be modelling. So far they have all been framesĀ  by Ronit Furst a wonderful hand painted collection that has been available at eyelines for the last 10 years.


Group Gold Leaves TortoiseShells



So if you want to look as stylish as Pru come in and try some on – there is of course no guarantee that you will be able to bake as well as her.







Paul & Mary – Mel & Sue


Of all the various competitive reality shows that are on our TV screens the only one that I have any time for is The Great British Bake Off.


Although most of the application process is kept confidential it does seem that the final 12 at least have some level of skill when it comes to baking – unlike a lot of the other “talent” shows when I suspect that some of the hopefuls put into the auditions, are done so purely for the entertainment value of their failures.


So I watched with anticipation on Wednesday night and wasn’t disappointed – Mel and Sue bring the right amount of comedic value and empathy (In equal amounts) to the programme and it is wonderful television to see the terror on the bakers faces as they wait for Paul & Mary to cast judgement over their creations


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Inevitably watching the programme makes me want to pull out the Kitchen Aid eggs & flourĀ  and start baking – although to be honest the only thing the family feel that I am capable of making to a sufficient standard is Meringues and Muffins


So that’s Wednesday evenings sorted out for the next couple of months after the first episode I have yet to decide who I want to win and who probably will win (never the same person) – but it will be fun finding out -and I may even attempt some of the bakes- especially the savoury ones.