Remember back in 2010 we told you how much we loved the Great British Bake Off (we like to think we are ahead of the curve here at TWR)? Since then it has gone from strength to strength and become compulsive viewing for everyone from 8 to 80.
My teens love it – “I never knew baking could be so tense” – my 8 year old neice texts me to discuss it and my 80 something parents are huge fans. Wednesday mornings conversations in the office are all about the bake off and we have even started bringing baked goods to important meetings!
It brings together everything we love about being British, a stiff upper lip, a healthy competitive spirit – but in a polite, nice way, eccentrics, a silver fox, a domestic science teacher (not really but you know what I mean), humour and cake – what’s not to love?
We particularly love Mary Berry and in these days of older women being under represented in the media, she is an icon for many reasons.
77 year old Mary learnt how to bake from her mother – who was worried she would never get a job – and over the years has established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster. She has published 70 cookery books and has gained a reputation for providing practical family friendly recipes. It’s worth listening to her life story on Desert Island Discs if you haven’t already, as she’s an inspiration in many ways.
She is knowledgable and nice, which for us is a great combination and we are loving the way her style has evolved as the series has progressed.
Mary has a distinct style and knows what suits her colouring and figure. She favours simple sweaters with a necklace or scarf to add interest and is particularly fond of shades of blue and pink. She also loves pastels and knows how to rock a pastel pink cashmere sweater and scarf combo.
This series Mary’s style has moved onto a whole new level as she experiments with pattern and colour. I loved her bright pink Equipment style shirt on Tuesday and Twitter was awash with complimentary Tweets about her Acid print bomber jacket from Zara last week, which apparently sold out days after she wore it.
We look forward to seeing what she wears for the next four weeks, but we’re not quite sure what we are going to do when it ends……….
Note to GGBO people – here’s an idea – The Great British Cook Off – same formula but with British classics like roast beef and all the trimmings, sausage and mash, crumble, bread and butter pudding etc etc – lets get Britain cooking.
Just a thought!