Apricot & Pistachio Tiffin: It’s a well known fact that temperatures in the Bake Off tent can often plummet into minus figures. Such is the banality of the British Summer. Mary however, always one to look after the pennies, insists that the heating not be turned on, as her Winter Fuel Allowance barely covers the 4 tons of coal required to keep her AGA alive.
This attitude, whilst irksome for both contestants and production crew, does mean that we are treated to this wonderful example of the manual bite. Jaw muscles long-since seized up due to the arctic temperatures, Mary must instead move her chin up and down manually with her hand. This manoeuvre can often lack a certain elegance, but I think we’re all agreed that Mary pulls it off with aplomb.
Breakfast - The most important bite of the day
Roasted Vegetable Filo Pie with Feta Cheese: Manners have never been Paul’s strong point. It’s not his fault of course. Growing up with 18 siblings in 1970s Liverpool would be enough to test even the meekest child. Let alone Paul. But such shortcomings simply do not cut the mustard Hermès neck-scarf in Berry’s book.
Without so much as a thought for his judging partner, Paul cuts himself a hearty slice of pastry and sets about shovelling it into his sheriff-bearded pie-hole. However, in a spectacular display of tough love and agility, our heroine snatches the filo from under his nose at the very last moment - quick-as-a-flash. Leaving the baker chewing on his own, doughy fingers. Just desserts indeed [sic].
Sue can’t believe her eyes.
Chocolate & Raspberry Delights: Always game for a spot of intra-judiciary rib-tickling, here we see Mary perfecting ‘The Hollywood’. Piercing blue eyes locked on the contestant, Mary effortlessly recreates Paul’s menacing mastication. If you look closely here, you can just about make out the subtle sheen of Fructis in Mary’s hair. Astounding attention to detail. Will Paul retaliate with an attempt at the side-bite? We don’t know and we don’t care.
Tropical Trifle with Howard’s Custard: Even the impeccably mannered Mary can’t help but crack a wry smile at the thought of eating Howard’s custard. Notice, though, how she uses the shape of the spoon to her advantage; disguising her grin against the subtle contours of the utensil. Classic Berry.
Cob with Tomatoes on Top:
Angel Food Cake:
Naturally Mary’s a massive fan of one direction.