So, today the UK went a little mad….and when this happens what do you do….read and escape for a short while….
I have just finished What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy…and this surely was a book I didn’t want to finish because it was just so good. I bought it for my sister for Christmas and she enjoyed it so much she has passed it on to me to read and I in turn must pass it on to my mum to read, the joys of a real paper copy…
Marie Dunwoody doesn’t want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. But her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can’t ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie’s had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow – to the letter – recipes from the Queen of Baking, and at all times ask, ‘What would Mary Berry do?’
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget cuts and with redundancies on the horizon, he too puts on a pinny. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy’s sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?
**This is a work of fiction, in no way endorsed by Mary Berry, and where neither Mary Berry herself nor her recipes feature.**
For me, so many Laugh Out Loud moments….so many familiar scenarios, so many familiar characters….aren’t we all really just Marie Dunwoody and everyone else is Lucy Gray… Even the best cooks have had to learn and the best behaved children become moody teenagers…The most ideal relationships have their moments when everyone else seems to be doing just fine….Haven’t we all dressed up in kinky underwear when we didn’t feel like it and then find the bedroom devoid of male company…what? You haven’t done that??
I love Marie, I love Lucy and I love the whole lot of them….now I did finish this book very late last night so might have to go back over the last few pages because I don’t recall finding out what Lynda will call her unborn baby….if it’s not in there I feel the need for a book number 2….
Now, even though I am not a Bake Off watcher I still enjoyed it…. I do wonder what Mary Berry would make of it….What Would Mary Berry Think??
So well written, now off to see what else Claire Sandy has created….
Finally onto The Rest of My Life by Sheryl Browne, I seem to have had this one on my pile for ages!!! Off to bed early to start this one tonight….I am sure Sheryl won’t disappoint…
Just putting in my order for Real Food Projects: 30 Skills. 46 recipes. From scratch
This looks pretty amazing….with how to churn your own butter and make your own no knead bread….how to make your own sausages and cordials from scratch…has to be worth a go…even though, as you are aware I have quite a few cook books already on the go…currently working through the Lucy Bee Cookbook…
Georgia and I went to our first yoga class yesterday evening…
It was so good….we will be doing some tomorrow morning….and every morning and when we get bendy enough we will let you see us doing it….just getting the breathing right is quite amazing….being the worlds best shallow breather it’s just what I need…. Lots of practice ahead…and maybe new yoga clothes, we shall see….
Now to go and create something tasty with salmon!!