The holiday cookies and pies are a memory. Now it’s time to leave my kitchen and watch someone else do the baking: Netflix The Great British Baking Show.
The show’s contestants have years of experience, creativity and a sprinkling of charming regional accents primarily from Ireland, Scotland and England. As well as baking ideas and tips, I’m also picking up some British-isms along the way. When something’s delicious, it’s now referred to as scrummy at my house. Brilliant, isn’t it?
Similar to American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, the show’s contestants are from all over Great Britain selected from thousands of entries with judges, one cheeky and the other sweet. There are laughs rolled into the recipe so the show stays light and fluffy. Bakers work in an unfamiliar kitchen and time constraints encourage getting a wiggle on. Baker of the Week is selected to the cheers of fellow bakers along with my virtual toast of approval.
There’s also The Great British Baking Show Holidays that is great entertainment but over-the-top-intimidating for bakers like me. I never imagined gingerbread houses could include complex architecture and moving parts. I’m positively gobsmacked by the idea!
I feel inspired to try out some old recipes that need a little refining. The show encourages me to be more daring, to get out of my comfort zone in the kitchen and most of all, to keep my sense of humor if it fails. After all, it’s not me on camera sharing a lopsided cake or burned cookies.
I wish that viewers, namely myself, could taste the creations along with the judges. Between my favorite baking cookbook and scrolling online for options, I’m lining up ingredients to try to make something daring. Now there’s no pressure expecting holiday guests and encouraged by my virtual mates across the pond, I’m having a cracking good time in the kitchen!
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