John Bowles is a respected tv presenter, theatre and concert performer.
While I may not go to the lengths that Amy Adams did in her hit movie Julie and Julia, where she played the role of a frustrated chef, who became a celebrity cooking her way through the Julia Childs tome “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”, by testing a new recipe everyday and blogging about it. I think we all feel like we have our own celebrity chef right by our side when we take on one of their recipes.
Yesterday I baked Mary Berry’s Victoria Sandwich sponge cake. Could there anything more English than a Victoria Sponge? And could I ask for a better angel sitting on my shoulder than Mary Berry? She has been an influence on Britain’s cooking skills for nearly a half century but, as co-host of “The Great British Bake-Off”, she has recently been recognised as a national treasure.
If you haven’t seen the TV show then check it out next season, it is one of those irresistible programs you can’t help but like. After being such a huge hit in this country it is now being produced in the US! Why, you might even want to enter the competition and test your skills in front of the nation.
Not me, I’m content with a well-formed sponge on a sunday afternoon, sitting in the kitchen watching the spring blooms come to life. Thank you Mary!
Mary’s Victoria Sandwich recipe: