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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Mary Berry

Courtesy of Wikipedia
I have just watched the two part programme The Mary Berry Story which was shown on BBC this week.

Probably like many of you, I have grown up with Mary Berry and her recipes.  The first cookbook I bought when I married my first husband was The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook which was published in 1970.  I used it religiously for years.  I have probably made at least 90% of the recipes in it.

I can't believe she is 78 years old.  She looks so good for her age.   And she is still working.  I haven't watched The Great British Bake Off, on which she is one of the judges, but I think I may indulge myself with back-to-back episodes during the rainy days this winter.

I left a lot of my cookery books back in England.  My daughter still has them. In fact, I might check to see if she still has the Hamlyn book, as the programme has made me feel quite nostalgic, and I'd like to bring the book back to Turkey with me so that I can work through the recipes again.

Has anyone else watched the programme?  What did you think of it?  (If not, you can still get it on BBC iPlayer)

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  1. I've watched a few and Mary Berry has become a style icon in the UK for her fabulous outfits.

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    1. She really does dress beautifully BtoB.

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  2. I watched the two programmes and was struck by what a hard worker she was and is...and so very nice.

    Do watch the Bake off...it was a lovely series free of the hype of the Masterchef stuff.

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    1. She really is a lovely person isn't she Helen? She proved that you don't have to be academic to be successful. I will definitely watch Bake off.

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  3. I am jealous of you Ayak. You have the pleasure of watching TGBO for the first time. It will be perfect for winter evenings. I follow a blog, run by one of the previous finalists ( not sure, which series, or if she won....The Pink Whisk).....and Paul Hollywood, the other judge is brilliant too.
    I only learned to make sponge cake when I started following her foolproof recipe. My grandmother , who was agreat baker, failed to teach me, my mother, who was not a great baker, failed with her own sponges, and failed to teach me, and various domestic teachers wailed in despair . One actually told me to cut my Victoria sponge up into biscuit sized pieces and mix with ice cream...in order to make it edible.
    So, when I discovered Mary Berry, my family were delighted. I now make amazing sponge cakes....I do, truly adore her ! Jx

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    1. Janice. We were never cake makers in our family either, and I thank Mary Berry for the fact that I can make a pretty good Victoria sponge. Her recipes gave me the confidence as a young married woman, to attempt much more. Her recipes are so easy to follow...no unobtainable ingredients..and they always turn out well.

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  4. my daughter has watched them. She loves her.

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    1. Isn't it lovely KV that she appeals to all generations?

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  5. I love the Great British Bake Off so much - I spent a week catching up. I can't believe I'd gone through my life not knowing who she was until a friend of mine told me to watch it.

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    1. Hi Sarita. I have no doubt that the next few weeks will see me catching up too. It certainly is a very popular programme.

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  6. Wasn't that a lovely programme. I too have grown up with Mary Berry. I was making her 'Tray Bakes' for the kids for years. You'll enjoy the bake off, she is so kind to them all.

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    1. It was a lovely programme Rosie. I have started watching the Bake Off Series 3 from the beginning today. Thoroughly enjoyable. I tried to watch some of the earlier series but there aren't so many links to them now. They've either expired or are unavailable here. But I have enough to keep me going for a while!

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  7. I confess to knowing who she is, obviously, but to have never used any of her recipes. I clearly must make amends here and look for her recipes immediately! I have an old Reader's Digest recipe book that I have used for most of my adult life that I love. And I have a Delia Smith one but am never overly inspired by this. I do tend to make things up - but based on this very high recommendation, I shall definitely be looking at what Mary has to offer. Enjoy your programmes. Axxx

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    1. I'm enjoying them immensely Annie. I also have a couple of Delia's books, and I know she has been very popular for years, but I'm not really inspired by them either.

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  8. I'm afraid I only managed to watch the latter part of the second programme, Ayak, and agree that she comes across as a very warm, likeable and unspoilt woman. Oddly enough I've spent almost 45 years of married life without any of her books, but intend to remedy that very soon. I still can't make a Victoria sponge worthy of the name, so I hope she can work her magic for me too.

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    1. I impressed my first mother-in-law with Mary's Victoria sponge Perpetua. I just checked to see if my daughter still had my 1970 edition of the Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook, but sadly she doesn't. I think it's still available from Amazon, although I would have liked to have my original copy.

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  9. I love it when this name comes up in my blogroll. The nursery school I went to was called Merry Berry. :)

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    1. Haha...that's a good enough reason Strange ;-)

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  10. She is marvellous for her age, isn't she?
    I saw her being interviewed on TV recently.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. Yes she is Maggie, and for someone who didn't do well academically at school, she is quite an inspiration.

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