I’ve had a fantastic week this week getting to do some really cool things and ending in a great Father’s Day.
On Monday this week, I got to catch up with the lovely Frances Quinn, winner of the Great British Bake Off 2013, as we were partners on a recording of Pointless Celebrities. In the Burr household, Pointless is one of our favourite programmes so this was one of the best things to have happened as a result of having been on Bake Off myself. I can’t tell you how we did, and as yet I don’t know the transmission date for our show, but keep your eyes peeled and I’ll let you know as soon as I find out. Frances’s book, Quintessential Baking, is out the same day as mine and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. She’s so talented and such great company.
On Friday afternoon, my best mate Ross and I had the most incredible night as we went along to Secret Cinema’s Empire Strikes Back. It’s so hard not to shout from the rooftops about all of the amazing stuff that happened on Friday night but the whole point of Secret Cinema is not to talk about it so that you don’t ruin the magic for people who haven’t gone yet. Phones are confiscated on entry and it’s like a cross between a live theatre performance, a trip to a theme park and being part of one of your favourite films. But 100 times better. Before you go you get assigned a character – I was a Galactic Explorer and Ross was on the Creative Council. If you’re a fan of Star Wars (which I really am – I had a Millennium Falcon wedding cake and my dog is called Leia) it will be the coolest thing you ever experience. There are still tickets available and it’s running until September so go if you can. One thing I discovered on the night is that there’s quite a cross over between Star Wars fans and Bake Off fans – who knew?!
We didn’t get back from Secret Cinema until 2am so I was a bit fragile when my kids woke early the next morning. They took the opportunity to mummify me in soft toys while I was too weak to resist!
On Saturday afternoon I had the privilege of opening the Summer Fair at my old primary school, St Paul’s Mill Hill. They really went to town on the event. It was movie musical themed, with children, parents and teachers all dressed up as characters from different musicals. They had a very impressive baking contest that I got to judge and I even caught up with some of my old teachers and school chums. I don’t think any of them could have predicted the bizarre path my life’s taken over the past year or so!
For Father’s Day, I posted a recipe yesterday for this Coffee & Walnut cake. A few people have sent me their versions already, which is always such a buzz for me. I also did a breakfast in bed recipe for the Scoff channel:
I’ve got to say, these bacon and egg cups are off the hook. I’d eat them for breakfast every day if I could get away with it. My wife and kids got up early this morning and gave the recipe a whirl and they treated me to a delicious breakfast in bed.
I love it when my kids get excited about cooking and get stuck in. If you’re ever looking to treat someone to a special brunch, I’d really recommend this recipe.
I was also lucky to get this book as a Father’s Day present. When I went to stay with Kate from the Bake Off a couple of months ago, I was reading her copy and it’s the sort of book you can’t put down. I’m looking forward to working my way through it – it really is a bible.
The rest of Father’s Day was spent at Totteridge & Mill Hill Cricket Club for their club open day, celebrating ten years of the ladies’ team that my wife’s played for on and off (around having kids) since it started. I made them the cake in the picture above for their raffle, and then bought six tickets to try and win it back! It was a fantastic day with the family and a great end to a brilliant week. I’ve got quite a bit on in the week ahead, including finding out more about plans for when my book comes out so I’m looking forward to catching up with the team at Quadrille soon. See you next week!