The occasion was the Great British Bake Off, which I have got sucked into because of a work sweepstake. There are 24 of us in it, 2 of us drawn for each GBBO contestant yesterday morning. Each week after a contestant goes out, the two unlucky colleagues have to cook something on the week's theme and bring it in for everyone else to taste and fill out a scoresheet for a mini-contest. (All the invention of one of my colleagues who likes to organise this kind of thing.)
Literally everyone signed up has made disclaimers about how they are not very good cooks and not to expect much, although in my case this is completely true. Charles has volunteered to help me, and he is already a better cook than I am, so I won't turn it down!
Anyway, having signed up, I felt I should at least try an episode to see what the fuss is about ... and I can completely see why it's such a popular show. Tony got sucked in too, and I might actually try to make a habit of this. I have Val, so I was getting a bit worried last night, but thankfully I've been spared my cooking ordeal for another week. (On the other hand, it might be nice to get it out of the way early, before expectations have been set too high.)
GBBO was followed by The Chronicles of Nadiya. I had picked up on the wonderfulness of Nadiya Hussein, last year's GBBO winner, through fannish osmosis, and I really enjoyed this show following her from her home in Luton to the village her parents came from in Bangladesh, with a great deal of food and family interactions. I completely see why everyone was enthusing about how lovely Nadiya is. I think the Explaining My Culture To The Presumed-Ignorant Viewer was done with a great deal of grace and straightforwardness. This week of all weeks I really appreciated the segment where two young articulate women (Nadiya and her cousin) talked about the importance to them of wearing hijab.
There is a second part next week after the GBBO. I'm looking forward to it very much, if I can pull off being free to watch them both in time again.