Thank you everyone for your love and best wishes for my brother.  They finally sent him home on Friday night after a day of various mishaps which are just too depressing to go into here.

He is not doing so well, unfortunately. He still has a lot of pain and is passing blood, neither of which symptom seems to be easing. If he is no better in the morning I suspect the next few days will be increasingly medical again.

It’s been a tough few days what with one thing and another, and although I am usually one of those buoyant sorts who soldier on and screw my courage to the sticking post etc, I confess to having been a bit battered by the last few days. I am still feeling rather overwhelmed by things and feeling a bit tearful.

I am self medicating with cake. It does seem to be helping.

I am also thinking hopeful thoughts about The Great British Bake Off.

For those of you who are new to the blog I must inform you that GBBO is the highlight of my blogging year. Political outrage, feminist ranting and fart jokes are cast aside in favour of signature bakes and the flapping of tent canvas.

To be honest it’s mostly just the highlight of my year, blog or no blog. I watch virtually no television at all these days, but Bake Off must not be missed. It is sacred.

I am already getting excited about Paul’s disdainfully piercing gaze, Mary’s drinking habits and the promise of floral bomber jackets to come. I am misty eyed at the thought of Mel and Sue’s terrible puns, the shots of squirrel genitalia from the sugared up cameramen and the  throbbing of the pastel coloured mixers, beating in unison.

I cannot wait to see what ridiculous cakes they have invented for the technical round, and I am hoping for at least one Heston style madly inventive baker who insists on using washing machine lint, essence of kumquat and goose fat to make the hanging gardens of Babylon out of macarons.

I have the whiff of icing sugar in my nostrils. It’s the only thing keeping me going.


9 responses to “And…Bake

  1. I’m crossing fingers for your brother and for a speedy recovery! x
    About Paul H./Mary, I bought a lot of her books, which are fantastic and recipes always spot-on (I’m a baker/sous-chef although only baking for my hubby at present!) and I recently discovered Paul’s recipes…. his coffee crème caramel recipe is a staple at home now!

    • I have his bread book. Haven’t tried his cakes yet. I have a rather large collection of recipe books and my husband is keeping his eagle eye on their growth. I have to slip them onto the shelves under cover of darkness.

      • smerlinchesters

        Hahaha mine used to get mad at me too… I wasn’t coming out of a bookshop without buying a cookbook until a couple of years ago… I had to slow down… l

  2. Oh, god, is it soon? I lose my daughter Kate for the duration…

  3. Last time you posted about your brother, I didn’t actually send good wishes, but I do now. I do hope they sort him out – but it’ll cost more than if they’d done things right in the first place non? Not to mention the cost to your family’s peace of mind. Like you, I’m embarassingly keen on Bake Off, and am already working out how to keep up with it as I shall be out of the country for getting on for a third of the episodes, incuding I think, the final. Hmmm.

  4. watchingthewheels

    I have only just discovered the GBBO. I am a great fan of the sewing bee but now that is finished I thought I would give the baking a try from the beginning – and I’m hooked, although I am supposed to be losing weight and it is actually a form of torture

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