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Monday, 19 September 2016

WEEK FOUR: BATTER WEEK | BAKING ALONG WITH THE GBBO



This week we are mourning the loss of what will be the Great British Bake Off. If you haven't heard already (where have you been?) BBC are bidding a farewell to Berry Pie as well as the pun machines Mel and Sue and have parted with the dough to Channel 4. So what does this mean? Frankly I don't think that GBBO after this series will ever quite be the same again.

The question on many GBBO fans lips is, will this be the end of GBBO as we know it? And I am afraid to say that I am in the group of saying, yes, yes it will be the end. I like channel 4, they show interesting and gritty documentaries but I cannot imagine something quite so quintessentially British like GBBO being in the same format as it is on the BBC. First of all it's certain the presenters and at least one judge will be different, but think of the adverts, theme tune and how the show generally works. I keep having nightmares that it will be live each week and down to the public vote - please God no.
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Saturday, 17 September 2016

8 WAYS TO PAMPER YOURSELF


Once in a while we all need to treat ourselves. Whether this be through a bouquet of roses or binge watching Netflix, we all deserve it and require it. One of my favourite ways to treat myself? By having a good old fashioned pamper day! It's amazing how good it can feel to soak in a bubbly bath and apply a fresh coat of nail varnish. I am terrible for sticking to routine and forget to do all the things we are told we should do in our  beauty routine such as moisturising daily. Although when it comes to people dictating what we should and shouldn't be doing, I truly believe it is all down to personal preference. These are just my ideas of ways you give yourself a pamper day at home.
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Monday, 12 September 2016

WEEK THREE: BREAD WEEK | BAKING ALONG WITH THE GBBO


Bread week always proves hard but this series luck didn't seem on a majority of the bakers sides. And with Paul's words of erm... encouragement it's no wonder the bakers didn't feel confident in their bakes. I don't think Paul was getting enough sleep because he was so harsh, but I guess when you're a professional baker you have the authority to be. But I know I would be leaving the tent in tears if he insulted my bakes...

The signature challenge was to bake a chocolate bread which I will be honest I don't think sounds that nice. When I think of bread I always think of savoury and would much prefer a cheesy, garlic bread as opposed to a chocolatey bread.
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Monday, 5 September 2016

WEEK TWO: BISCUIT WEEK | BAKING ALONG WITH THE GBBO



From eating sticky carpet to collapsing gingerbread houses and the most important question tearing the nation apart, do you dunk your biscuits in your cuppa or not? Week two tested the bakers biscuit skills with three challenges that would demonstrate their icing, swirling, whirling and construction of an autobiographical gingerbread scene that for some ended in disaster.
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

WEEK ONE: CAKE WEEK | BAKING ALONG WITH THE GBBO



It's back! It's finally back. The Great British Bake Off has come back giving me serious baking envy and a lot of us rumbling tummies. I only started watching Bake Off a couple of years ago but as soon as I saw it, I was HOOKED. Wednesday nights are dedicated to the shenanigans that come from that famous tent with delicious bakes and the banter between Mel and Sue.

This year I started what I like to call my baking journey. I have always been a bit useless when it comes to things like baking because, well, I never really gave it the time of day. But as I am getting older I am wanting to be able to become a true Snow White, with a pie cooling on the window ledge and a bird chirping a tune as I tidy the house. Okay fantasyland over - this week on the GBBO we went to cake town. I am going to dedicate a series on my blog rounding up my inner most thoughts on each weeks episode as well as attempting either a signature, technical and (well, very unlikely) a showstopper each week. Think of it as though I am taking part and this is what I would produce to the judges... I am also hoping it will improve my baking!
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Monday, 22 August 2016

CAT CAFE MANCHESTER

Pinch me I am dreaming... I suspect this may be what a cat lovers paradise might look like. When I heard about the Cat Cafe coming to Manchester a couple of months back I knew I had to book tickets. I mean what could be more perfect than sipping a cup of coffee whilst being surrounded by lots of beautiful cats?

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