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Ok, one more foody post and I’ll move on…!

This, as some of you have seen already, is from an episode of the hugely popular Great British Bake Off (see the post on pies!) and features some nervous moments from the contestants when they find out if their hidden designs have worked. Not all of them did, but some of them are truly amazing. Which is your favourite?


Some I’ve added to the dictionary, others I’ve left for you to look for!







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We’re in October and that means Oktoberfest (finished now but they’re already planning next year’s!)

If you’ve never heard of Good Mythical Morning (I hadn’t until recently), it is a YouTube channel mainly dedicated to tasting things “so that you don’t have to”. The list of things they have tried include birds, burgers, sweets (or candy as the Americans call confectionery) and pizza, as well as more exotic and unusual things like insects and today’s challenge, sausages –  but not ordinary sausages!

They put a blindfold on to taste sausages and have to guess the type of animal it is (mammal, bird, amphibian or reptile); for an extra point they have to guess the species.

Below is a vocabulary list to listen out for. Some of the words (as well as some in the above introduction) are linked to a lexicon containing definitions, the first part of which is shown when you hover over the word, so you can check the meaning while reading this post and click through later, if necessary, for a fuller description. (I say some, because I’ve found out the plugin I started using has a limited number of entries with the free version…I will sort this issue out as soon as possible.)













To help dispel the myths about British food, here are some recipes, videos and other content showing delicious pies being made.

1.  Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute chicken and mushroom pie (a quick and easy version of a classic pie)

This easy chicken pie recipe is dead simple and can be knocked up in no time at all. Perfect with greens and mash, it’s a great winter warmer. Jamie’s here to show you every step of the way.

This speedy recipe is from Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals TV series first aired on Channel 4 in 2010. All the food made in this video was shared out and eaten among the very lucky crew. Nothing goes to waste.

2. The Great British Bake Off: an incredibly popular BBC show/competition

The Great British Bake Off marquee is filled with the delicious aroma of fresh baking as the signature challenge has the bakers doing all they can to impress acclaimed master baker Paul Hollywood and legendary cookery writer and baker Mary Berry with their signature family pie. Topping their pie with either flaky or rough puff pastry, some decide to play it safe whilst others get more experimental. Who will avoid the dreaded soggy bottom…