The Best Ever Tribute To Great British Bake Off

After The Shocking News About Great British Bake Off (GOODBYE MARY BERRY, MEL & SUE, CAN’T FORGET BBC ONE). Can Life Every Be The Same?

We Were Searching Through Our GenNext Social Page History And Came Across A Tribute By Dan Stokes Who Said:

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 We Are Not Going To Lie, But Paul Does Look Horrifying On The Video!!!

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What are you reading for Banned Books Week?

ctrppmpwyaahdlnBeril Says: participate in by picking up a book that some closed-minded person out there wants desperately to keep out of your hands

MahopacHSLibrary Says: Caught reading a banned book….His favorite!

Malaprop’s Bookstore Says: Bookseller Melanie is reading from FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel.

Igrah Waqar Says: – So in the honor of ,I have decided to properly , by ! Its high time I finish this bad boy!

Erin Gray Says: What I’m reading for ~ how about you?

Rowena Ball Says: “The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.”

Elizabeth Schumacher Says: “But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.”

Oblong Books & Music Says: Our display is KILLING IT. Which of these is your favorite? 📚

The Sumner Library Says: Celebrate and keep libraries dangerous! 25th Sept-1st Oct 2016

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Why your dirty takeaway might be from a dirty takeaway

One in seven British takeaways have unsatisfactory food hygiene standards. Newham, south London, had the highest proportion of failing takeaways while the Orkney Islands had the lowest.

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Helena Bengtsson Has Said: Thinking of takeaway tonight? Think again! Me and have done some digging: https://t.co/mD6BUeoMlo

Guardian Visuals Has Said: Wanna eat out tonight? 🅰🆁🅴 🆈🅾🆄 🆂🆄🆁🅴? 1 in 7 UK takeaways have failed food hygiene tests!!  https://t.co/RnFHgTkcza

Notareargunner Has Said:  What’s wrong with you British? Demolished all your kitchens? FFS learn to cook and stay healthy, slim and active.

B.Merget Has Said: It’s disconcerting that businesses can fail repeatedly before forced to shut down  https://t.co/Fk5OlWAU7C

Fauzia Ahmad Has Said: Don’t read this while eating. Revealed: one in seven UK have failed tests https://t.co/DZEC2XJbO7

Charlie Kiss 48% Has Said: The 10 worst areas in UK for poor restuarant & take away hygenie include Newham, Harrow and Islington in London https://t.co/oNvwM4ncBr

Richard Stevenson Has Said: Wow. Apparently over 50% of Newham “takeaways and sandwich shops” failed hygiene inspections.

Sven Ortel Has Said: Oh I knew that (1 in 7 UK takeaways failed food hygiene tests) I have survived many a bug after 10 years in London. https://t.co/vsgzqJaOpa

Owen Duffy Has Said: Edinburgh has the second dirtiest takeaways in the UK. https://t.co/OsElbrwEzV

David Tchilingirian Has Said: 1in7 takeaways failed food hygiene, Needs sorting before we fix healthier catering. funding gap!  https://t.co/y2jmyNkbKR

Larry Wilson Has Said: Does the average relative wonder why loved ones die well before their time? We are what we eat. https://t.co/f8bJFsnySD

N Kennedy Has Said: Six out of seven UK takeaways have passed food hygiene tests – that is miraculous  https://t.co/QxRaJljcz8

GenNext Social Has Said: It May Be Saturday But Double Check Your Takeaways Food Hygiene Test Results. https://t.co/QxRaJljcz8

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Contains Strong Language, This Is Just A Warning!!!

The latest on Brexit, an exciting end to the cricket and a chance for a quick dab – here’s what you need to know.

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BBC Breaking News Has Said: Two men cleared of all charges over death of British 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling on a Goan beach in 2008 https://t.co/EE3ytvNQja

EP President Has Said: The longer UK waits, the more entrenched positions risk becoming. That’s why I called on PM May to notify UK’s departure from EU asap

Owais Shah Has Said: Played for 16years….. Never played a 4 day game in front of a crowd like this.

Naz Mogra Has Said: Check this out!!! Perfecting the dab with 😂

Rizzle Kicks Has Said: 

You’re all fucking great. Sometimes things aren’t great. We’re just going to try and ensure the music is.

Jake Humphrey Has Said: Baffled by criticism of . He didn’t leave the Beeb, his show did…and, shock horror, he likes his job & still wants to do it.

Khloe Has Said: 

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My baby girl

Kate Bottley Has Said: At the pub with my Goddaughter, she’s too young to buy a round just yet, but she won’t always be and then all this preparation will pay off

Aiden Coughlan Has Said: The time of day at a wedding is like the days of the week around Christmas. Everything is relative, nothing is absolute. And you’re drunk.

Em. Has Said: The fact that there has been so much uproar regarding the Toffee Deluxe no longer being in Quality Street is the reason why I love Britain.

Have Channel 4 really bought the most expensive tent in history?

With the departure of three quarters of Bake Off’s on-screen talent, many are claiming that Channel 4 have paid £75m for a tent with Paul Hollywood in it. Is this the most expensive tent in history? Historian Greg Jenner investigates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That baking show is dominating the headlines, MCFC’s ladies are dominating the pitch and tennis players are dominating the skies… really. Here are the interesting things happening on Twitter right now.

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Paul Hollywood Has Said: I’m staying in the tent with the bakers where I belong. I want to thank Mary. I’ll miss her but she has made the right decision for her.

BBC News (World) Has Said: How has the area Islamic State controls changed since 2015? https://t.co/DUbc89EkI3

Sam Coates Times Has Said: Czechia is the new English Language name for the Czech Republic – here’s the government note on its use https://t.co/ANRyT57n6n

Man City Women Has Said: 33 league goals, unbeaten and a chance to win the league on Sunday. Make sure you’re there!

Davis Cup Has Said: Here is the draw for the 2017 World Group! Are you pleased with the draw?

Daily Mail Online Has Said: Game, set and catch! Mesmerizing skydive video shows tennis game at 13,000 FEET https://t.co/h96Q0RZLP9

JK Rowling Has Said: … so as far as I’m concerned, the test works!

Lord Sugar Has Said: Breaking news : Apprentice is back on 6th October BBC-1 at 9pm

Jim’ll Paint It Said: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in a tight loving embrace surrounded by an apocalyptic bake themed kitchen – as requested by Jay Skinner

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Irish Examiner Has Said: One dead, paramedic injured, after ambulance catches fire at hospital in Naas https://t.co/XVAkDF6Uby

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What are Nadiya’s 5 secrets of Bangladeshi cooking?

Cooking in Bangladesh

I cook Bangladeshi and British food – although I appreciate both cuisines, I like to keep them separate. I was born in England, but as kids we spent every summer in rural Bangladesh, living together with the wider family in one house, or under one ‘rice’ as we called it.

Most days we would have rice with seven or eight dishes, usually fish or vegetarian, and we’d eat a little bit of everything. We only ate meat if it was a special occasion. Bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, turmeric, chilli and cardamom were used a lot, but Bangladeshi cooking involves many spices and we had to be creative because we wasted nothing.

The secret of delicious rice

My parents and I were raised on rice. My grandad was a rice farmer and grew many types. It’s one of the first things I learned to cook and I quickly realised that if you want to do it well it helps to know a bit about starch.

Cooking biryani and pulao

For a biryani or pulao you want very dry, separate, fluffy rice grains, so you need to minimise the starch. To do this, soak the rice for a minimum of two hours and then rinse it well before cooking. This also reduces the cooking time; the water soaks into the rice so you need to get less into it from the cooking.

Cooking sticky rice

Sticky rice is glutinous and contains a lot of starch, which you don’t want to lose in cooking. Wash the rice quickly, boil it and then let it cook in its starchy water for about 10 minutes over a low heat. We often eat it with spicy fried fish. My sisters and I also make pudding out of it by cooking it, then leaving it to dry and harden – my grandma used to give us slices of this dipped in sugar.

Frying can make an inexpensive treat

Many vegetables grow in Bangladesh, and street food vendors make something special by turning them into fritters or pakoras, including onion bhajis. My family didn’t cook pakoras at home – they didn’t want to waste oil by deep frying – so my grandad would go to a bazaar and come back with them wrapped in newspaper. It could be as simple as potato cooked in spices.

The golden rule is that the oil must be hot enough to make the pakoras crisp and light, but cool enough to cook them right through to the middle without burning the outside. Finely chop or thinly slice the vegetables and then lightly salt them to dry them out. For the batter, it’s best to use chickpea flour, although you could use up to a third rice flour to increase the crispness. Mix the flour with spices such as ground ginger, finely chopped green chillies and ground turmeric, and enough water to make a batter just thick enough to coat the veg (you want more vegetable than batter). You can make a pastry dough for samosas in a similar way, as shown in the next step.

You can even make your own easy version of parathas by rolling out puff pastry and cutting out circles, then placing them in the freezer for 15 minutes before frying them in butter or oil in a chapatti or frying pan.

Don’t be afraid of heat

The first rule of cooking over a high heat is you must prepare all the ingredients ahead because you have to fry or grill quickly. My grandma cooked on dried wood – it’s a fierce heat and she controlled it by simply pulling out sticks.

Don’t be afraid of lightly charred flavours. I think they go really well with sour foods. Try squeezing lemon or orange juice on food as it cooks on the barbecue, or serve it with sour pickles.

If we wanted to protect food from the heat of the barbecue we’d wrap it in banana leaves, as in my whole fish in banana leaf recipe (see step eight).

Serve pickles and preserves

My parents taught me that if it can be eaten, why throw it away? They are very mindful of waste and never throw away leftovers. Fifteen years ago not everyone in Bangladesh had a fridge, especially in rural areas. My family had no way of preserving food, so it had to be dried or cooked and eaten.

In Bangladesh they have the joy of 37 or 38C heat (they think 30C in winter is cold), so everything gets dried, even fish and lentils. My family would dry it on the roof all day, then store it. Even in England, my mum tries to dry things by laying them on a mat and then putting them on the shed roof!

Pickling is a traditional way of preserving. In Bangladesh if there was a storm and inch-wide mangoes fell from the trees, my grandma would collect them in buckets and give a handful to everyone in the village. They’d pickle them – it’s a ‘waste-not want-not’ culture. We might make a fruit pickle by mashing up a garlic and oil paste, sometimes adding onion and ginger, then cooking it with chopped fruit and a mixture of spices over a low heat for 15 minutes. For a fresher chutney, you can grill the garlic for 10 minutes or until charred, then peel and mix it with thinly sliced red onion and fruit, lemon juice, a little oil and fresh coriander.

Have lots of ways to cook fish

Fish is our staple, our star. We mostly eat freshwater fish – everyone used to have a fishery in their village. The big fish are a treat, but people also cook the little ones. My mum cooked fish in 100 ways to make sure we had variety in our diet, and we’d eat fermented fish and dried fish. I’m anglicised and make fish cakes, which she thinks are a step too far from Bangladeshi food. Here are three of my favourite treatments for it.

 

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Alvaro Morata says Chelsea made a £60m bid to sign him from Juventus

Alvaro Morata says Chelsea made a £60m bid for him earlier this summer

Alvaro Morata says Chelsea made a £60m bid to sign him this summer but it was his “dream” to return to Real Madrid.

Real used a £23 million buy-back option to re-sign Morata after they sold him to Juventus in June 2014 for £17m.

But the Spain international has revealed he came close to move to Stamford Bridge after former boss Antonio Conte signalled his interest in the striker.

“Chelsea showed the most interest,” Morata told German newspaper Sport Bild.

“Antonio Conte had already signed me for Juventus and it was a very good offer this time. I would have been the most expensive Spanish player ever.

“They offered roughly 70 million Euros, but Real Madrid said they had me in their plans and that was always my dream.”

Morata has started the season in solid fashion – scoring twice in five games for the Spanish giants, who are currently top of the La Liga table.

The 23-year-old will be hoping to recreate the form that saw him score 27 goals in 93 appearances for Juventus during his time in Turin.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are hoping to get the best out of new arrival Michy Batshuayi, who signed for the Blues instead of Morata earlier this summer.

The Belgium international has already scored three goals in six games but has been used largely as back-up for first-choice striker Diego Costa.

Live: John Kerry demands Syria aircraft grounded as UN debates ceasefire

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for aircraft to be grounded in parts of Syria so a ceasefire deal can be extended.

Mr Kerry said he believed there was a way forward “out of the carnage”, but that the future of the country was “hanging by a thread”.

He added that international diplomats were proving “woefully inadequate” in getting Syrian parties to negotiate.

His impassioned speech at the United Nations followed an attack on an aid convoy on Monday and came as fighting broke out on numerous fronts in the war-torn country.

The airstrike, which killed some 20 aid workers delivering humanitarian supplies to civilians, “raises profound doubt” as to whether Russia and the Syrian government will live up to a ceasefire deal, Mr Kerry said.

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Syrian government forces should be banned from flying over areas controlled by the opposition in an effort to help bring the escalating situation under control, he added, before urging countries to cease support to any parties attempting to sabotage a truce.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had previously told UN Security Council the world was facing a “make or break moment” in Syria, as there were multiple reports of fighting between Syrian rebels and pro-government forces:

::  Nine rebels and four medical staff were reportedly killed by an airstrike in the insurgent-held town of Khan Touman south of Aleppo.

:: Syrian state media said the army had recaptured a fertiliser factory in the Ramousah area to the southwest of the city.

:: A rebel fighter in the Aleppo area and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right told Reuters fighter jets had been bombing in several locations.

:: The observatory also said a Syrian jet crashed near Damascus. Islamic State said it had been shot down but the regime has not yet commented.

:: And a Syrian government source said insurgent groups were preparing to launch attacks to the south and west of Aleppo and north of Hama.

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said he wanted to see a thorough and impartial investigation into the attack on the aid convoy, after the Moscow released footage it said showed a pickup truck carrying a mortar travelling with the trucks.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the airstrike on the aid convoy. The US believes two Russian Su-24 jets carried out the attack, based on location and timing.

But Moscow has denied all involvement, instead suggesting a fire broke out destroying the vehicles among other theories.

On Wednesday, a Russian military spokesman said a Predator drone from the US-led coalition had entered the area where the attack had taken place “several minutes before it burst into flames”.

Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the ministry, said allegations that Moscow was responsible were an attempt to distract attention from the US-led coalition’s bombing of Syrian soldiers near Deir al-Zor airport on Saturday.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also spoke at the meeting, saying there could be no political process unless there was a genuine ceasefire.

The truce came into effect on 12 September in order to create a safe corridor for aid into war-torn Aleppo, where many of the inhabitants are said to be in dire need.

All aid convoys in Syria are currently suspended.