Looks like I am not the only one who finds comfort from my British shows, I have a link to a writer urging Americans to watch "The Great British Baking Show"...you may read it just here.
"The Great British Baking Show" is being shown on our public television stations just now in the USA, so check your local listings! It is AMAZING! If you miss it, you will be sorry even if you don't normally watch cooking or baking shows, you should like this one. (Soggy bottoms, makes me giggle every time.)
Oh, and by the way...it is called "The Great British Bake Off in the UK...I guess the networks just had to change the name for us just to be different!
Keep in mind, the show that we are watching just now in America will be completely changed next year...the witty hosts and the marvelous judge, Mary Berry will no longer be with the show. It won't be on the BBC but instead on their rival network, ITV. I mourn this fact! I very much have enjoyed watching "The Great British Baking Show". Not only are the bakers very good but they are just so doggone nice to each other, it is a pleasure to watch. So much better than watching...well, just about anything else on American TV right now! Hey, don't fuss at me, I am not the only one to say this...read that link that I gave you above and you will see!
During the filming of this show from England, right after the break and before they get back to the bakers, they will often show what is outside the baking tent: cheerful yellow buttercups, green grass and if you are lucky, you might see a bird that lands close by on a tree. Today, we saw an American gold finch on my Dad's sunflowers. When we got home and watched "The Great British Baking Show" that we had recorded, we saw a bird on there that Richard THOUGHT was the European goldfinch and looking it up, he was right! It somehow looked familiar to me, and I couldn't think why that was...it seemed I had seen it in a painting somewhere. I realize now that I know it was because it featured on the book by Donna Tart, "The Goldfinch". (Has to do with a painting at the Met in NYC, apparently.)
You all know that I hardly read any fiction, so it is surprising to me that I recognized the bird from the book cover!
The fact that I have mentioned the name "Donna TARTT" just goes right along with this post about a baking show, don't you think? And if you know how "punny" the hosts of the show can be, you will see what I mean!
"The Goldfinch" by Carel Fabritius , 1654 (The painting at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.) From Wikipedia.
Remember, try and see this season of "The Great British Baking Show" if you can.
It must have already been shown in England, so you all might know who won...but don't tell me! (I have seen some of the shows while I was in England, visiting there...and you must know that is one of the most popular shows on the TELLY! My relatives in England say "telly"!)
Right now, it is has gotten down to the last four bakers!
Also, if you watch the show, look at everything that they show you, even the nature bits in between! We love our gold finches, in America and in England!