Saturday, October 17, 2020

To Binge or Not to Binge. That is the question.

As television becomes our outreach to shows we have never seen before, we rejoice in finding quality entertainment.  Some of the ones we like are British Mysteries. Pretty much we have discovered new ones to join our list of favorites and watch one daily. We set up the show, lean back with some snacks, and prepare for excellence.

The British film is recorded in a unique style. No car crashes or big shoot outs, but they delve into the team work between law enforcement, the people, excellent writing and film work. Incorporating the amazing scenery of the English countryside, it is a great watching.

In our Binge Watching, we watch Midsomer Murders, Endeavor, New Tricks and others with great anticipation.

America is guilty of fast food frenzy during this time. The drive in line to Chick-Fillet winds around, out of the parking lot, out to the adjoining street, turning out onto the main street. Dairy Queen is way busy, too.    

But, the best show ever is the Great British Baking show.


This video is about 3 minutes long. It introduces the judges and contestants.

If you are unfamiliar with this brilliance, watch one episode, just watch it. You will look at baked goods unlike ones you may have seen somewhere. The master bakers are Paul Hollywood (yes, that is his name), Mary Berry (yes, that is her name). Mary stepped down and was replaced by Prue Leith. All the judges are legendary for their baking, which they showcase on their Masterclass episodes.


This video is about 8 minutes long and well worth the watch. What the 12 amateur bakers can put together in time constraints is utterly awe inspiring.

Binge watching this British program meant inspired me to bake something unfamiliar, with unknown recipes.  By golly, it was fun. I did not eat these creations; our gr-daughters made quick work of whatever I gave them.


                                       Summer fruit baked Alaska...there is no way I would                                                         attempt this.

My beloved and I did not make quick work of it all. He grumbled.  Oh well.


                                My offspring gave me this at Christmas

I cannot say that I have tackled some of these recipes. I can say that I tried to do a few simple ones. Oh, well.


31 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of Endeavour too, and also the Great British Baking Show. We have a spin-off here too, called the Great Canadian Baking Show that essentially has the same format but with Canadian judges and bakers, of course.

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  2. British TV is my favorite. I've been into the new "Flesh and Blood" on PBS Masterpiece Sunday nights followed by "Cobra." (They're on episode three but you can catch up online, I think.) I am devoted to Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Agatha Raisin (silly but fun!), Rosemary and Thyme and so many more! I adoer GBBS and watching the new episodes as they are released is our new Friday night ritual. I always want to bake the next day, too! (And try something new when I do!)

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    1. The new episodes are now part of our Friday routines.

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  3. I do not watch a lot of television. I think that I would if I had more time. Many people I know really like British mysteries. I think that I world like them if I delved into them.

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    1. The British shows are without a doubt the best.

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  4. This year the British Baking Show is not on par with previous seasons. I chalk it up to a limited number of contestants willing to be away from home for the duration of the show. You should check out the earlier series for some really amazing baking. This group can't even bake a decent brownie.

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    1. I agree. At the beginning, Mary Berry was part of the expert judging. I miss her.
      I will try to find earlier seasons.

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  5. The baking show might be interesting. There used to be one shat did a bake-off involving a theme. (Halloween is the one I remember best.)

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  6. The ladies at my house love that show! I enjoy it, too, though I don't follow it so avidly.

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  7. The summer fruit baked Alaska looks sooooo good. My mother would make it. I won't even try.

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  8. I don't watch a lot of television - but do watch the Great British Baking Show. I watch out for new series in greedy anticipation. The original version is the one I like MUCH the best. I have seen American/Australian/New Zealand/Canadian version but they don't come close to the expertise and fun of the original.

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    1. America steals the great British shows. House of Cards was well done, among them. The American one just does not have the bite.

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  9. Thank you for following us, I appreciate that very much. I really like the "let there be peace on earth" photo on your side bar, and it's one of my favorite hymns at church. Some of these baked goodies look amazing, especially the Summer fruit baked Alaska.

    Wishing you good October days.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thanks Sheri for visiting! the baked Alaska looked impossible when it was made.

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  10. I love British TV and I'm so glad you are enjoying the excellence of their dramas. Inspector Lewis was one of my favorites.

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    1. Lewis and Morse were some of our favorites.


      We love watching the older shows and recognizes these actors when they were young.


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  11. OMGoodness. We are definitely on the same wavelength. I also LOVE Midsomer Murders, Endeavor, Grantchester, Lewis, and the original, Morse. I've not heard of New Tricks. i am still playing catch up and wish I had time to watch these shows, even one a day.

    The OLD British Bake Off was great. I'm not fond of the new hosts, though.

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    1. I have not seen the early seasons. I'd love to see the first episodes.

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  12. I saw a few episodes of British Bake-off years ago. I'm currently binge watching TV series I missed out on in the 80s when I was so busy doing mum things that I hardly watched TV at all. I'm watching Magnum PI, about four episodes a night and I have Midsomer Murders somewhere in the waiting list along with Murdoch Mysteries, The Brokenwood Mysteries (set in New Zealand), The Rockford Files and so many more

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  13. Hi Susan - yes British tv is very good ... I'm enjoying a few things that have appeared that I wouldn't normally watch - love mysteries etc. I'm afraid I can't stand bake-off - ah well ...!! At least I'm not tempted with cake ... stay safe - Hilary

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  14. I never watch TV at all! And I've never seen The Great British Bakeoff, and I'm British. Lol.

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  15. We don't have a TV, for cost reasons, but those do sound like fun shows to watch!

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    1. I think my husband would faint if he had no TV to watch.

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  16. I have heard of all, but I haven't watched any. I find myself perusing the sci fi and fantasy shows on Netflix et al. I just can't with mysteries for some reason. And I mean to get into the baking, but I just can't do it.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!