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“Great British Bake Off” (GBBO) Season 7 Roundup: Hollywood Diet, Fire, Affair & Nadiya.

by Anura Guruge


Great British Bake Off” (GBBO) Season 7
will start airing on BBC (in the UK)
in August 2016.

[Could be the last on BBC.]

Here is a round-up of some news ahead
of Season 7.



Click here for the U.K. “Mirror” original
from May 19, 2016.

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Click here for the U.K. “Standard” original
from May 25, 2016.

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Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from August 24, 2015.

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Click here for the U.K. “Get Surrey” original
from June 7, 2016.

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by Anura Guruge

Bakers On American ABC “Great Holiday Baking Show” Nowhere As Good As Those On “Great British Bake Off”.

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Related posts:
>> American “Bake Off”.
>> Ian Cumming’s cake for Dalai Lama.
>> Tamal to win Season 6, “Bake Off”?
>> Sue Perkins’ brain tumor
>> “The Great British Bake Off” — 6th Series
>> “The Great British Bake Off”
>> Sue Perkins for Jeremy ‘bloody’ Clarkson …

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Two gone. Lauren Katz, who is in a class to herself, has been ‘Star Baker’ on both episodes. She will win. Click on image to access ABC Webpage for the show.


greatbritishbakeofdfsfsfWe have now watched the first two episodes and we are all in agreement that the 6 American bakers on the ABC show are nowhere near as good as any of the bakers that have appeared in the iconic (and now widely aped) “The Great British Bake Off“.

Given that I, a Brit through-and-through, am always biased, I didn’t say anything about this to begin with. But the two kids having devoured all the episodes of Seasons 4 to 6 (the latter on YouTube) not only adore the British show but are now in the ranks of the cognoscente. They were the first to comment on this halfway through episode 1. Deanna concurred.

I heard the same refrain from the 3 ‘girls’ during episode 2. I have to agree. Bar Lauren Katz who is in a class by herself the others don’t appear to have the expertise, technique, experience or finesse of those that have appeared in the BBC shows. Some of the creations in the ABC show have been laughable if not downright pitiful. Just goes to make you appreciate how lucky we have been with the BBC show.

Good news: there are tons of episodes of the BBC show on YouTube


American Version Of “Great British Bake Off” Premieres On ABC, Monday, November 30, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> Ian Cumming’s cake for Dalai Lama.
>> Tamal to win Season 6, “Bake Off”?
>> Sue Perkins’ brain tumor
>> “The Great British Bake Off” — 6th Series
>> “The Great British Bake Off”
>> Sue Perkins for Jeremy ‘bloody’ Clarkson …

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Click to access ABC page.


Promos for this show comes up when we watch ‘Americas Funniest Videos‘ (AFV), probably the ONLY broadcast TV show we watch on a regular basis. Yesterday I set up the DVR to record the series. As YOU know we are suckers for “The Great British Bake Off” and have already finished watching Season 6 on YouTube because we couldn’t wait for it to appear on PBS.

I have heard mixed stories, mainly unflattering, about the US ‘spin off’ (and I will refrain from calling it the ‘rip off’). I note that Paul Hollywood, the MALE co-star of the BBC version, is MISSING. That alone is a huge difference. Paul, of course, with his pithy comments adds so much to the show and he KNOWS his baking. Having a non-baker as the male co-star might not work.

We will see. So a heads up.


“Great British Bake Off” Finalist Ian Cummings’ Birthday Cake For Dalai Lama — Did It Have Eggs?

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Related posts:
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>> Sue Perkins’ brain tumor
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>> “The Great British Bake Off”
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The announcement that appeared at the end of the “Great British Bake Off” Season 6 Final about Ian baking a cake for the Dalai Lama.


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Yes, Ian Cummings and the Dalai Lama go back a long time. He is said to be the official U.K. photographer for the Dalai Lama. Click to access Amazon listing for this book.


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The YouTube video. Very cute. The Dalai Lama at his irrepressible best — asking for the candle to be lit. MUST WATCH. Click to access.


This is ALL very good, cute, rewarding and fulfilling BUT I have a very basic, but pivotal, question.

Did Ian Cummings, the Season 6 “Great British Bake Off” also ran, use ANY EGGS in baking this cake?

I suspect he did.

Why? I am trying to work out whether the Dalai Lama STILL eats eggs.

Why? Because I am going to start writing a book about what it was like, in Ceylon, in the early 1960s, to grow up a Buddhist and I am starting my first chapter by talking about eating eggs.

Many Buddhists eat eggs.

The Dalai Lama USED to eat meat. He is said to have become a vegetarian late in life. But some vegetarians eat eggs. Plus today you can get unfertilized eggs.

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Wattalampam — my mother would make VERY large dishes of it with dozens of eggs. It was beyond DIVINE. You felt the pounds just adding on to your body as you just smelled it.

I have know strict Hindus that would NOT eat eggs eat fancy puddings that my adoptive mother made and they contained dozens of eggs. I actually confronted her on this. This Indian, a dear friend of the family, had seconds and then thirds of my adoptive mother’s famous ‘Watalappam‘ (a extremely rich cream caramel) — that she would cook mainly for me — one night in Paris. I knew that she had used OVER a dozen eggs preparing it. So this elderly, very gentle gentleman ingested a ton of eggs. He had to have known. My mother said nothing. But this was kosher. Hindus that refused to eat eggs would eat things that contained eggs. Strange?

So I am curious. What do YOU think?


“Great British Bake Off” Season 6 Final — I Think Tamal Is Going To Win.

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The Season (Series) 6 Finalist

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Tamal, my pick,
(from the BBC home page for the show).

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I am writing this at 12:00 pm Eastern (U.S.) on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

The Series 6 Final will ONLY be airing on BBC (UK) in 3 hours, i.e., 8pm (London).

So I am writing this 3 hours ahead of the airing and I have not gone snooping around the Web to see if I can find out who won. I don’t want to know UNTIL we watch it, probably Friday, on YouTube. Yes, that is going to be difficult tomorrow morning when I read the U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘, first thing in the morning, as is my wont. MAYBE I will forgo that for 2 days! Pretty drastic … right? But, we love this show. Totally addicted and who would have suspected. I DVRed it, last year, on a whim. Had no idea that we would all get totally hooked.

Anywho, I am rooting for Tamal, and I am doing so NOT because he is Indian. Remember I am NOT from India.

I think he has been, right through the show, the ‘fox’. Yes, I know that he has become a British heartthrob.

Lets face it, this is a REALITY show and they, in the end, care about ratings. They would, of course, like this show to be as big as ‘Top Gear‘.

Tamal, as the winner, would give the show quite a bit of publicity and appeal. That is just my thinking; I, a professional cynic.

Interesting how the finalist panned out. Two white, two brown; two males; two females. Yes, yes, that was a coincidence, convenient or otherwise.

Anyway, fingers crossed. Actually we don’t mind who wins. We like them all. I can relate to Ian. They are all very likable and I am sure that that is a fundamental criteria as to who gets to appear in the show.

We have been watching it on YouTube. I detest the buggers who put in fake ‘clips’ just to get hits. How desperate do you have to be to be such a scummy, lowlife? I need to tackle that issue at some point — with YouTube. Lets eliminate SPAM posts. So annoying.

But, for the good stuff … the FINAL. May the best baker win.


Sue Perkins’ Of “Great British Bake Off” Has Lived With Non-Cancerous Brain Tumor For 8 Years!

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Click here to access original article from the British “Daily Mail”.


Season 6 Episode 5 — with working copies — available as of now on YouTube.
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Voluptuous bikini-clad cake decoration in Episode 5. Check the Daily Mail using above link.

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BIG Thumbs Up For Friendly’s On Loudon Road, Concord, NH. Always A Fun Place.

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>> ‘Krazy Kids’,
>>Concord … —
>>March 24, 2013.


So, after ‘Krazy Kids‘ it was, per what was promised on the invitation, off to “Friendly’s” on Loudon Road, Concord, NH.

We started going to Friendly’s, mainly the one on Loudon Road, around Christmas 2011. Deanna is not a great fan of buffetsfriendleysso the ‘Red Apple’, which had been the perennial choice prior to that, was falling out of favor. The two kids will live on ice cream so Friendly’s with their reasonably priced menu options for kids seemed the obvious choice — especially since we invariably go up and down Loudon Road whenever we are in Concord — which is quite often.

Friendly’s hooked me in, in the nicest possible way, with the gift card promotions they were having at the time. You could get a $25 gift card for $20 — and I think they had a few other promotions. But I ended up with a bunch of discounted gift cards — and I would buy another each time I used one, provided it was $20 for a $25. If I had gift cards we would obviously go there so that I could use them. Very clever.

We like the menu. You can actually get some healthy choices.

The folks are always very nice. It is always a fun, uplifting, cheery place. I like that.

Teischan did not want an ice cream cake! Yes, she can be strange like that. Instead she wanted a chocolate cake baked by Deanna.

Deanna called up to find out whether it would be an issue if we brought our own cake. They said ‘No’. I was impressed.

Of the two kids that came to ‘Krazy Kids’ one got picked up at there, by her father, as she was going to Boston for the night.

So we were down to one guest.

Friendly’s was very welcoming. No problem with the cake. They even offered plates through Deanna had brought her own.

They did the Friendly’s Birthday Chant — which was very good. They provided balloons.

I had a salad. Everybody else had ice cream and cake.

It was very reasonable. I was happy.

Thank you. Nice job. We will be back soon.

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Giuseppe’s, Meredith, NH: A Delightful Dining Experience, Always.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante’ Website.

Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante last night. Click to ENLARGE. Faces pixelated for privacy.

Painting by Meredith’s own Steve Hodecker of the Giuseppe’s bar, that hangs over the bar. Alas I have never met a nude lady at the bar. I, however, do know the lady depicted in the picture, but I am not telling. I have an original Steve Hodecker nude bronze from c. 1999. I am waiting for Steve to get mega famous so I can sell it and retire. Click image to ENLARGE it.

Click to access the Steve Hodecker Website.


The Brilliant
Paul Warnick of Gilford

Paul Warnick who can read and play to an audience like no other in the Lakes Region. He teaches music at Gilford High. Mr. Nice Guy. Very talented. Very pleasing. Very soothing. Very inspiring.

Listen to Paul Warnick on YouTube. He is good, real good. The band he plays in, Phil ‘in The Blanks is my FAVORITE local band, way ahead of ‘Annie and the Orphans’. [If you follow this blog you know I know my music and bands, having been a groupie for many years.]

Click to access the Phil ‘n The Blanks.

We had an outstanding birthday dinner at Giuseppe’s, in Meredith, last night. It doesn’t get any better. Everything was perfect or close to perfect. That we had Paul Warnick providing the music was a bonus. I think Paul Warnick is THE BEST cover music performer in the Lakes Region. I have liked him for the very first time I heard him 6 or 7 years ago. That our table was right next to the stage made it even better.

I have been going to Giuseppe’s, regularly, since 1996, which is when I bought a house in Meredith, in what is now ‘Mile Point’. Giuseppe’s has been our ‘go to’ restaurant since then. In February 2007, when we sold our house in Gilford, we went to Giuseppe’s to celebrate (and left my credit card behind, the 1st time I had ever done so in over 30 years of having credit cards). Yes, I know the owner Julie Gnerre Bourgeois, her husband, Michael (a top rate musician), their son and her mother. The story of how I met Julie in 1997 is towards the bottom.

Yesterday was Devanee’s 12th birthday. When we asked her where she wanted to go for her birthday dinner she said, without any prompting from us, “Giuseppe’s”. When a 12 year old picks Giuseppe’s over all the other restaurants she knows in Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth, you know that it has to be special. And that it is.

Devanee and I are HUGE fans of the Giuseppe’s spinach rolls and calamari. The spinach rolls are unique. I can, as with apple fritters from Apple View, eat them till I explode. So can Devanee. There are times we order two servings, eat it all and then order two more to take home. They are never the same. The ratio of spinach to feta is a moving feast (and yes, I once told them to make a new batch with more cheese); and their crispiness varies. But, they are always irresistible. Their calamari has always been exquisite. Yesterday the girls had a large Pollo Florentine Alfredo pizza. It was good. Their pizza is always great. Divine. I had their prime rib special. That is the first time I have ordered beef at a restaurant in decades. I don’t eat that much beef. I just had a feeling that this was going to be good, because it was the special. Boy, was I right. The steak melted in your mouth. There was only a modicum of fat and it was easy to pare it away. Bravo. Thank you.

Dining at Giuseppe’s is a holistically satisfying experience. It isn’t just the food or that they have superb Italian wines. It is more than just the staff being delightful. The ambiance captivates you and the whole place has a buzz. The music is always a plus (and we remembered poor Giovanni, the late piano player, with fondness). It is the COMPLETE dining experience, sans par in the Lakes Region. You meet fun people from all over, around the globe. I have met Brits and folks from down under. Yesterday we met someone quite important in the entertainment industry from Boston. Yes, we swapped cards.

Don’t take my word for it. Ask others. Check it out on the Web. But, the fact that it was crowded on a Wednesday evening tells its own story.

So, the bottom line is we are HUGE fans of Giuseppe’s. Period. Whenever we don’t have major conflicts we try and attend the ‘all day’ annual music extravaganza, on Sunday in March, to benefit Julie’s father, Giuseppe Gnerre’s Music Scholarship Fund. I am sure I have been at least 10 times. That is how we got exposed to Paul Warnick and his hip hopping band. [Check out the Giuseppe’s web site for the March 2013 event. Make sure to get a reservation when Paul Warnick is playing. Those seats go fast. Paul is mega popular.]


Julie, got us a chocolate cake (with the Giuseppe’s musical motif, at my request).

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This cake was beyond yummy. It was heavenly.

I know my chocolate cake. The reason I am so dark brown is all the chocolate cake I have eaten in my life since I was a baby. My mother, though she couldn’t cook, was a par excellence cake and dessert maker. She made the richest, cholesterol dripping (though we didn’t have any idea then) cakes, fluffs and puddings in the Louis XIV decadent style. This chocolate cake was on par with my mother’s, and there can be no higher praise, though I am sure this was considerably healthier than anything my mother aspired to. [If she was making a ‘small’ cake for say 12, she would use about 36 eggs and about 10 pounds of butter. Suffice to say people, the son in the lead, would rave about how good it was. And now doctors ask me why my cholesterol is so high and why I look like the poster child for ‘massive heart attack waiting to happen’.]

The cake was made by
Jennifer ‘the cake lady‘ J. MacDonald,
whose motto, per the sticker on the cake box is:
More than just a pretty cake!!‘.

We will concur. We don’t know her. Never heard of her. There was a small, hard to read phone number on the sticker. It is: 603-393-5847. The price was good too, thought that might have been a special for Julie.

We will definitely recommend her cake.

The sticker also says: ‘If you can dream it, I can bake it’.

I like that. I am not sure whether she knows that the Animal Planet show ‘Tanked’ has a similar tagline. But, they don’t make cakes.

From Enid Blyton’s Noddy series. All the books had this, the ‘Noddy Toy Village’ picture, on the inside of the front and back covers.

When I was 6 or 7, my mother made a cake for my birthday, with each and every one of these buildings, in 3-D, standing up, all in cake, on top of a large cake base, exactly as they appear in the picture. She even built the arched bridge for the train.
I dream of that cake. Maybe I will get Jennifer to make me another.


My preferred wine glass for good, red wine. It has to look and have a feminine form.

I do have one complaint, albeit a small one and it has to do with how small the wine glass was.

I didn’t have my reading glasses, so I told the delightful young man serving us to get me a GOOD, Italian red house wine. He did. The wine, as I expected, was superb. Went down nicely. But, I was shocked. It was served in a small, rotund glass! They know their wine. You can’t properly drink red wine from a glass that doesn’t have a true female shape! For a good Italian red, you need a glass with some body, some fluting, some grace.  I bitched to Deanna.

Yes, I could have told them to switch glasses. But, I didn’t want to be ‘fussy’.

I ordered a second glass, it was so good.

Yes, I appreciate that it could be a cost issue, but don’t short change red wine drinkers. Make the profits on the beer drinkers. Dilute the beer, give them smaller glasses. They won’t know any better. Red wine is a sacred thing, especially to an Italian (or for that matter a papal historian). Sorry, to bitch, but red wine is a VERY IMPORTANT part of my life.


How I Met Julie

The red building at the corner of Dover and Main in Meredith. I am told that Bob Montana who created the Archie Comics used it as a studio. For a time there was an electrical lightning shop in there.

I am only relating this here because it falls into that category of what people often tell me about me and my life: ‘it could only happen with you‘.

The above red building, which has always been red as far as I can remember it, was an electric lighting shop (i.e., lamp store), c. 1997.

I was in there one afternoon, midweek, browsing when I saw this young lady, with long black hair, buy a large, wrought-iron standard light and walk out of the door with it.

Me being who I am, and even though I was with folks, I immediately trotted after her, approached her from behind and said: ‘would you like me to carry that for you?

Now you have to realize that I was probably the ONLY non-white person within a 50 mile radius of Meredith that day in 1997; and I don’t exactly look like a banker. So, for all she knew, I could have taken her lamp and run off.

But, to her credit, she took a chance. She looked me over, handed over the lamp and said: ‘thank you‘. That was it. Nothing else. She walked across to Main Street and then started walking down it. I followed. Must have been quite a sight. She never said a word or looked back. She walked a few hundred yards. We came to a white apartment block on the right hand side of Main Street. She opened the door. Still no words between us. It was very formal. She walks in. I follow. Wow nh Anura GurugeShe went up a flight of stairs (or two). I was right behind. She opened a door, turned around, reached for the lamp. I handed it over. She said: ‘thank you. That was very kind‘. I acknowledged her thanks, turned around and started walking back (aware that I had just walked out of the shop leaving folks behind). As I was about to descend the stairs she calls out: ‘do you know who I am?‘ I turned back and said I had no clue. She goes: ‘Do you know Giuseppe’s?‘. I tell her that I have eaten there. She adds: ‘Oh, I am Julie. I own Giuseppe’s. Next time you are around say “hello”‘. A few weeks later, when I was there I did just that. She remembered me. She has never forgotten me since.

Yes, when I started ‘Waiters on Water‘, WOW NH, Julie was one of the 1st to sign up.