The Great Australian Bake Off, Season 3 Episode 5: Patisserie


Claire: How do you make a sausage roll?
Mel: You just push it.

Claire opens the episode asking what the difference is between a bakery and a patisserie, which is something I tried to explain when people would walk into Bakers Delight asking for pies and doughnuts. Patisserie is an interesting week because it encompasses both pastries and fancy cakes. Marcus talks about how much he likes making pastry, and Raeesa says it’s a labour of love. I’m perfectly happy buying it from the supermarket, which is probably how you can tell the difference between a Bake Off contestant and a Bake Off recapper. Continue reading


The Great Australian Bake Off, Season 3 Episode 4: Family Favourites

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It’s family favourites week, and this is a great theme. We start off with some banter between Mel and Claire about the goings-on in Claire’s trailer and whether they were the favourite child growing up. Claire was, but Mel wasn’t – and Mel was an only child.

More importantly, Barb can juggle! I’m keeping this in mind in case I ever need to make a #JusticeForBarb meme.

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As always, you can find recipes on the show’s website.

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The Great Australian Bake Off, Season 3 Episode 3: Biscuits

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Let’s get this out of the way: biscuit week is my least favourite week on the show (except for that time they did choux pastry). The traditional Bake Off (the British one) definition of biscuit seems to be thin and crisp, which does nothing for me. I don’t even like shortbread unless it’s made by Joy from choir, who smothered them in icing sugar last Christmas. I love savoury biscuits, especially anything involving cheese, but when it comes to sweets, I’d much rather have a chewy cookie. But this is about the show, and it was a great episode. The cast is fantastic, and I don’t want any of them to go home.

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January Wrap-Up: Television and Film

In an effort to write more often (frequently) and keep up with the things I’ve watcched so it’s easier to write lists at the end of the year, I’m going to publish thoughts on some pop culture I’ve consumed. If it becomes too unwieldy, this might even become several posts. Let’s get to it.

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2018 Pop culture resolutions

I like to say that I don’t do resolutions, I do goals, but when it comes to pop culture, resolution makes more sense. What I want to do this year is expand my knowledge of pop culture including knowledge of history, so I have a variety of things that I’d like to do. And since this draft has been sitting here for a few weeks, the last day of January seems like an appropriate time to publish.

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The Great Australian Bake Off, Season 3 Episode 2: Bread

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Claire: They’re gonna be scone in 60 seconds.

It’s bread week! Before we go any further, I’d like to have a word with Foxtel/the producers. You’ve mixed up the order of the weeks. First it’s cake, then it’s biscuits, then it’s bread. In all seriousness, bread week is one of my favourite weeks – I worked at Bakers Delight for nearly eight years, and it’s rubbed off on me. Anyway, here’s a gif of Mel playing with a toaster:

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Claire’s facial expression is everything.

As always, you can find the recipes from this week’s episode on the show’s website.

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Streaming Guide January 19 – January 25


Some of the cast of The Office.

via What’s New In Streaming For The Next Seven Days — DeciderTV

Confession: I’ve seen one episode of The Office, and I don’t remember a thing. It was during a family Christmas celebration and the younger people (I was a teenager) decided to see what was on TV. It was on Foxtel, and we watched it because it was on, but I didn’t really think much of it. I know it’s a show people love, but it seemed mean and that’s not really my thing. So now I guess I can see what all the fuss was about next week when it comes to Stan.

In other news, the new season of Grace and Frankie (which I also haven’t watched, thanks Peak TV) drops today, and we’re getting Black Lightning weekly, but also a week after it airs on The CW. I don’t know the reasoning behind this – Netflix fast-tracks other CW shows within 24 hours – but I’m glad I get to see it. I’m also a big Hart of Dixie fan, so I’m excited to see Cress Williams in a new role. I would also like the rest of the Hart of Dixie cast to guest on the show. As I wrote in the guide, I watched the first two seasons of The Detour in three days (it’s been very hot, so going outside isn’t really an option), and I’m looking forward to season three. Given that it took me 3 days to watch 20 episodes, I’m not quite sure how I’ll go watching it weekly. Are there fun theories about this show? I hope so. Now if you’ll excuse me I’d like to go back to watching One Day at a Time screeners.